Study on relationships between petty criminality and major criminality, 2000
The project was submitted by the EFUS to the European Commission in order to disclose a relatively unknown reality: possible use of young people by established criminal networks, who are not necessarily drug addicted.
-To determine the existence of possible links between petty delinquency and major criminality in the so called ‘’difficult’’ residential areas in various European cities.
-To establish the potential use of minors for the perpetration of petty delinquency acts; the itineraries that would explain an eventual shift of ordinary petty delinquency toward organized crime, as well as the conditions for the recruitment of young people.
-To describe their reactions, determine the existence of a partnership among different services, and outline the practices capable of initiating contributions to the prevention of the phenomenon.
The overall objective was to better draft prevention strategies and allow the reinsertion of delinquents to society.
Nine cities participated in the project : Naples (Italy), Hambourg (Germany), Antwerp (Belgium), Bilbao (Spain), Marseille (France), Saint-Denis (France), Wroclaw (Poland), Lisbon (Portugal) and Birmingham (UK). The Centro d’Iniziativa per l’Europa del Piemonte (Italy) was an associated partner.
The study’s conclusions can be found in the EFUS publication: EFUS, Local approach of organized crime, 2000