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Join us for our third European Conference on Fighting Organised Crime and Terrorism, co-hosted by Europol and the EU Committee.

After the 2013 and 2015 editions, this conference provides a platform for EU policymakers, law enforcement authorities and business leaders to discuss co-operation in combatting serious transnational crime and international terrorism, which pose an increasing threat to EU citizens and business.

The conference will focus on the areas of criminality with a significant impact on European business including counterfeit, piracy and contraband. We will be looking at identifying ways in which companies can support the EU and law enforcement authorities to counter the global criminal networks engaged in such illicit activities.

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Location - Renaissance Hotel, Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Bruxelles


On the evening of the 21st of March, Europol and the EU Committee are hosting a plenary dinner with Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol.
Participants will include representatives from the European Parliament, European Commission, Council of the EU, businesses and national public sector bodies such as border and customs agencies.

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Location - Cercle Gaulois, Rue de la Loi 5, 1000 Brussels


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The event will bring together actors from the law enforcement community, regulators, intelligence professionals and business to discuss ways in which enhanced communication and cooperation with the private sector could be embedded in the EU’s strategy for fighting crime and terrorism.

Attending this conference will allow you to:

  • Learn more about the latest updates on fighting organised crime and terrorism
  • Engage with EU policymakers, law enforcement authorities and business leaders dealing with those issues
  • Engage in a policy-shaping public debate


Steve Bennett, Director of the SAS Global Government Practice

Sven Bergmann, Managing Partner, Venture Global

Dr Steven Chatfield, Senior Advisor, Emergent BioSolutions

David Ciliberti, Technical Attache, Justice and Home Affairs Unit, Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU

Gilles De Kerchove, Counter Terrorism Coordinator, European Council

Jean-Paul Garcia, Director, Customs investigations and intelligence Directorate, France

Wil Van Gemert, Deputy Director, Operations Department, Europol

Monika Hohlmeier, MEP, Member of LIBE, Germany, European Parliament

Nick Ilett, Principal Adviser, European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), European Commission

Antonis Kastrissianakis, Director for Security, Safety, Trade Facilitation, Rules of origin and International cooperation, DG TAXUD, European Commission

David Luna, Chair of the OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade, United States Department of State

Mickael Roudaut, Principal Administrator, Organised crime & drug policy Unit, DG Home, European Commission

Manuel Navarrete, Head of the European Counter-Terrorism Centre, Europol

Prof Peter Neumann, King’s College London

Tom Parker, Vice-President, British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium

Ronald Ridderbeekx, Group Head of Anti-Illicit Trade Engagement, BAT

John-Gatt Rutter, Head of Divison, Counter-terrorism, European External Action Service

Vincent Sauvalère, Head of Unit, Tobacco and Counterfeit Goods, European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), European Commission

Julia Viedma, Head of Horizontal Operational Support, Europol


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Session 1: Who is winning the EU's Fight against Crime and Terrorism?

  • How effective are the EU’s current crime fighting priorities?
  • What are the lessons learned from the policy cycle so far?
  • Which criminal areas are the most popular?
  • Where have the successes been?
  • How has business helped?
  • How co-ordinated is the response from EU and national authorities and agencies?


Session 2: What are the challenges in the fight against organised crime?

  • How and when will the next set of EU crime fighting priorities be set?
  • What are the business community’s concerns?
  • What areas should the next set of priorities focus on?
  • How will the European Public Prosecutor’s Office play a role?
  • Meaningful deterrents and sanctions – do they matter? Are Member States doing enough?
  • To what extent is organised crime linked with terrorism?


Session 3: Cutting the supply lines of terrorism and protecting its victims

  • Are the existing EU approaches to money laundering and disrupting the financing of terror effective enough?
  • What can law enforcement do to disrupt the terrorists’ ability to raise, transfer, store and access money? Which private sector industry is best equipped to help?
  • Does business have a role to play in preventing radicalisation – e.g. preventing on-line propaganda?