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					                  Resolution On Organized Crime in Europe
The European Liberal Youth (LYMEC),

Having noted, as by the Report on Organised Crime In The European Union(2010/2309(INI))
approved by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European
Parliament on the 6th October 2011, that:

       -   It is one of the primary objectives of the European Union to create an area of
           freedom, security and justice without internal borders, in which crime is prevented
           and combated;

       -   Organised crime has a substantial cost, in that it violates human rights, undermines
           democratic principles, diverts and wastes financial, human and other resources, the
           free internal market, contaminating businesses and legitimate economic activities,
           encouraging corruption and polluting and destroying the environment;

       -   Alarming evidence that has emerged from the courts and from investigations by
           police and journalists indicates that, in some Member States of the European Union,
           organised crime has infiltrated, and become solidly entrenched in, political circles, the
           public sector and legitimate economic activities; and it is conceivable that similar
           inroads have also been made, thereby strengthening the position of organised crime,
           in the rest of the European Union;

       -   The purpose and basis of organised crime is to make an economic profit and
           consequently if action to prevent and combat the problem is to be effective, it must
           focus on identifying, freezing, and seizing the proceeds of crime;

       -   Corruption is the standard means by which organised criminals employ blackmail or
           dispense rewards in order to divert public resources and worm their way into local
           politics, government and the private sector;

Having also considered that:

   -   Organized crime’s activities undermine all values liberals believe in. It violates the
       liberties of citizen in many ways, from extortion to human trafficking. It tampers with the
       free market by recycling money in seemingly honest activities connected to the criminal
       groups. It favours and practices corruption of the political representations, slowly eroding
       away democracy;

   -   Organized crime’s influence extends to every European country. This has been proven by
       many journalistic and judiciary investigations in different European countries.
        Consequently, it is a transnational threat even to those European countries apparently
        least affected.

It resolves to:

    -   Support both the European and national Institutions in EU Member Countries in their
        fight of organized crime, by raising awareness on the issue and supporting initiatives and
        legislations promoting such an activity, considering that the pursuit of this activity must
        be guaranteed with due respect for the fundamental rights to personal dignity and privacy.

    -   To promote awareness and knowledge of the issue among European citizens and, in
        general, public opinion; highlights, in this regard, the fundamental role of the press, free
        from all outside influences, enabling it to investigate and publicise the links between
        organised crime and vested interests.

    -   To lobby European institutions and Member States to take a holistic approach in the
        legislations against organized crime so to move forward in the fight against organized
        crime at an international level;

    -   To promote the vital importance of public sector transparency in the fight against
        organised crime and calls on the European Commission to take action to lay down the
        necessary rules that the allocation and use of EU funds is fully traceable and monitored
        both by the competent institutions and the citizens and press, with particular reference to
        local authorities, which are more liable to infiltration by organised crime;

    -   To lobby, with respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms, for the
        introduction of an appropriate system of penalties and suitable detention provisions for
        offences relating to organised crime, both to discourage the commission of offences and
        to prevent prisoners from continuing to lead organisations during their sentences or from
        helping them to achieve their aims by committing further crimes

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