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FIRST-LINE PRACTITIONERS BACKGROUND

Both organized crime (OC) and terrorist networks (TN) are major threats for the European Union and its population. On the one hand, the number and value of assets confiscated from organized crime are more and more increasing in Europe, which indicates its rise in Europe and its challenge of the legal economy or tax base of many nation states. On the other hand, Europe is facing an increasing number of individuals, who are recruited as foreign fighters or for terrorist attacks within Europe. In addition the direct implications, an atmosphere of fear is created.

Additionally, the economic costs for prevention and fighting OC and TN are increasing. This is particularly relevant in times of austerity measures, when the reduction of integration programs and support of marginalized groups is increasing the boundaries between the milieus. Even in allegedly “egalitarian” societies, the entrenchment within societies is increasing and producing classes of “left-behinds” with no chance for upwards social mobility. And it is often young people with no future perspectives, who are at risk of becoming engaged in criminal organizations or in terrorist networks. It is the combination of these challenges and respective policies, which are ultimately challenging social cohesion in Europe.

FIRST-LINE PRACTITIONERS COORDINATION

TAKEDOWN – IDENTIFY, PREVENT AND RESPOND TO ORGANIZED CRIME AND TERRORIST NETWORKS

These are the main axes of the TAKEDOWN project, which is carried out by 18 European partner institutions. The partnership between academics, researchers, practitioners, security software experts, law enforcement agencies and networks is funded by the EU research and innovation program H2020. TAKEDOWN develops responses to criminal threats by using a multidimensional approach including social, psychological, economic and cultural aspects and integrates technological prevention instruments and societal prevention approaches in the solution development.

More information: Project website