COUNTERING MIGRANT SMUGGLING Towards a more comprehensive approach, Trier, 9-10 June 2016


The smuggling of migrants is a growing concern within the EU. Profit-seeking criminals smuggle migrants across borders, making it one of the most profitable forms of trans-national crime within Europe, with a coordinated judicial and law enforcement response across the EU not being sufficient in dealing with this growing problem.

In order to better counter the criminal groups standing behind such smuggling and to bring them to justice, more coherent action and coordination at EU level and among the Member States is necessary.

This seminar will look into the various aspects that need to be considered when dealing with migrant smuggling, in order to provide a better picture of the various actions that can and should be taken to enhance cross-border judicial and law enforcement cooperation in dealing with migrant smuggling.

Key topics
  • The EU Action Plan Against Migrant Smuggling 2015-2020 and the European Agenda on Migration and its enhancement of activities to counter migrant smuggling at a law enforcement and judicial level
  • The work and possibilities of Eurojust and Europol in enhancing cross-border judicial and law enforcement cooperation in countering migrant smuggling and going after their proceeds of crime
  • EU action to counter migrant smugglers and destroy their assets: Frontex and EU Operation Sophia
  • Means and methods of prosecuting migrant smugglers
  • Tracing and confiscation of assets connected to migrant smuggling
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Dr Simona Ardovino, Policy Officer, Irregular Migration and Return Policy Unit, DG Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission, Brussels
Calogero Ferrara*, Public Prosecutor, Prosecution Office, Palermo
Rear Admiral Gilles Humeau, Deputy Commander, European Union Naval Force Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR MED), French Navy, Rome
Hans Halvorsen, Coordinator, Directorate for Organized and Emerging Crime and People Smuggling Network, Interpol, Lyon
Cyril Lacombe, Contact Point for Migrant Smuggling, Assistant National Member for France, Eurojust, The Hague
Dr Frank Laczko, Director, Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Berlin
Lotje van der Made, Head of Operations, European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC), Europol, The Hague
Emmanouil Paschalidis, Police Liaison Officer, Liaison Office of the Hellenic Republic, Skopje
Tuesday Reitano, Head of Secretariat, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, Geneva
Klaus Rösler, Director, Operations Division, Frontex, Warsaw
Dr Gábor Schmidt, Prosecutor, County Prosecution Office of Bács-Kiskun, Kecskemét
Gerald Tatzgern*, Head of Central Service for Combating Human Smuggling/Human Trafficking, Federal Criminal Intelligence Service, Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior, Vienna

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