Combating organised crime and promoting social cohesion: confiscation of assets in Italy

Web conference

16 March, 14:00-15:00

Organised crime groups can generate huge amounts of profit which allows them to strengthen their stronghold in the parallel economy, thus perpetuating their harmful activities. Traditional criminal measures that apply to the perpetrator but not the money have a limited effect on preventing groups from continuing to create a profit which allows them to continue growing. The confiscation of assets is a part of the European Union’s Security policy to tackle organised crime as well as a legislative tool to fight against criminal groups. The Italian experience is one of the most successful examples in terms of social reuse of assets confiscated from mafia-type organisations. The confiscation of assets not only serves to weaken the financial power of organised crime groups, but also to promote social cohesion by using the confiscated assets for public good through various means. By rerouting confiscated assets back into local budgets or using the assets to fund legitimate social projects, communities negatively impacted by organised crime have an opportunity to gain stability and prosperity. 

  • How does confiscation of assets prevent the growth of organised crime groups? Is confiscation of assets a sustainable method of prevention? 
  • How can the confiscation of assets promote social cohesion? What are some examples of virtuous use of confiscated assets for social purposes? ?
  • How can we create a model for asset recovery that is applicable to other European cities? How can we use local knowledge to better inform and implement the EU Strategy?


Gian Guido Nobili, Head of the Urban Security and Crime Prevention Department, Emilia Romagna Region, Coordinator of the Italian Forum for Urban Security (FISU)