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European Ports Alliance to fight drug trafficking and organised crime 

On 24 January, the Commission, together with the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU, launched the European Ports Alliance and its Public-Private Partnership to step up the fight against drug trafficking and organised crime. This partnership aims to bring all relevant stakeholders together, to form solutions to protect ports.   

Criminals infiltrate ports to organise the passage of illegal goods into the EU. This includes drugs trafficking, one of the most serious security threats faced by Europe today. Criminal networks are using extreme violence, corruption and intimidation in their search for profits. 500 tonnes of drugs seized by EU Customs in 2022. More than 50% was cocaine. 

The European Ports Alliance aims to strengthen security in all EU ports: 

  • with 200 million EUR to fund modern equipment which will help EU Customs officials scan containers and check imports more efficiently; 

  • through the specific and efficient law enforcement operations in ports with increased cooperation between the Member States, the European Commission, Europol, Eurojust, European Public Prosecutors Office (EPPO) and the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT); 

  • via the Public-Private Partnership which will support port authorities and shipping companies, to protect logistics, information, staff, and processes in ports.  

The European Ports Alliance is a flagship initiative of the EU Roadmap to fight drug trafficking and organised crime, adopted by the Commission on the 18 October 2023.  

Following the launch, the Public- Private Partnership will meet annually at Ministerial level, to identify remaining challenges, set strategic priorities and exchange on progress made.  

Fighting organised crime and drug trafficking is a priority for the Commission as outlined in the EU Security Union Strategy, the EU Strategy to Tackle Organised crime  and the EU Strategy on Drugs.   


For more information 

Press Release: Commission launches the European Ports Alliance to fight drug trafficking and organised crime 


EU Roadmap to fight drug trafficking and organised crime  

A new way forward on internal security  

Drug policy 


Link:, dated January 24, 2024 5:42 pm

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