Answer to Written Question: Eliminating the term ‘clan criminality’

(Source: European Parliament)



Answer given by Ms Johansson

on behalf of the European Commission


The Commission supports Member States in the fight against all forms of organised crime (including family-based organised crime) and has adopted a dedicated EU Strategy to Tackle Organised Crime 2021-2025 on 14 April 2021[1]. The Commission is actively involved in and supports the European multidisciplinary platform against criminal threats (EMPACT)[2]. Furthermore, Europol plays an important role in the fight against organised crime as the EU criminal information hub.

The Action Plan against Disinformation was the Commission’s response to a serious threat to an open, free, and democratic society. It set out measures to tackle disinformation with a focus on building up the EU’s capabilities and strengthen cooperation between Member States and the EU. The decision by the Berlin SPD cited in the question does not fall within the remit of, nor is connected with, the Action Plan.

There is no evidence linking migration to criminality. Migration is a multifaceted and complex phenomenon, where a number of factors come into play. Hence, the Commission has advocated a fresh start in migration, in full respect of European values and fundamental rights, balancing solidarity and responsibility and addressing the external and internal dimensions of migration. This is the objective of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum[3] presented on 23 September 2020. The Pact covers the different elements necessary for a comprehensive common European approach to migration.

The EU will continue boosting economic opportunities and job creation, in particular through trade, investments and development assistance, contributing to addressing some of the root causes of irregular migration.

[1] COM(2021) 170.

[2] EU instrument for cooperation to fight organised and serious international crime.

[3] COM(2020) 609.

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