Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
BRUSSELS

Europol says Italian mafia threaten elections in EU

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Brussels, June 25 - Italian organised crime groups
present a danger ''without equal'' for free elections in the
European Union (EU), the EU law enforcement agency Europol has
said in a report.
Italian mafia groups manage to ''manipulate elections''
and ''place their own men'', even in administrations that are
far from territories they control, said the report entitled
Threat Assessment, The Italian Mafia.
The European economic crisis has strengthened the reach of
Italian mafia groups, according to the report, which said
sophisticated money-laundering schemes not only seek to justify
immense, illicit wealth but also undermine free markets by
competing under-cost and creating quasi-monopolies in certain
sectors.
Mafia groups increasingly target new areas of the legal
economy, including green energy - such as wind farms - and the
Internet, the report.
Italian mafia groups' main criminal activities outside of
Italy, however, are drug-trafficking, money-laundering,
corruption and counterfeit goods.
The 18-page document also traced the salient
characteristics of the Sicilys Cosa Nostra, the Calabrian-based
'Ndrangheta, Campania's Camorra and Puglian criminal groups,
highlighting their similarities. differences and areas of
operation.
The Cosa Nostra is described as ''the oldest, most
traditional and most widespread manifestation of the Sicilian
Mafia'' with tentacles reaching into the economies of South
Africa, Canada, USA, Venezuela and Spain.
The 'Ndrangheta is identified as one of the ''most
threatening'' organized crime groups on a global level, due to
its ''enormous financial might'' and ''immense corruptive
power,'' with a presence in Germany, Spain, the Netherlands,
France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, US, Colombia and
Australia.
The Camorra is noted for its violence and its presence
outside Italy in Spain, France, Netherlands, Germany,
Switzerland, USA, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
Puglian organized crime groups are often wrongly identified
as the Sacra Corona Unita (SCU), the report says.
In truth, Puglia has two main mafia groups, the SCU and the
Societa' Foggiana, as well as a number of smaller groups that
display bandit-like behavior.
Puglian crime groups are less international than others, but
still have a presence in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland
and Albania, according to Europol.

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