Organised crime in ports of European cities: how do public private partnerships work?

Web conference

20 April, 11:00-12:00 CET

Organised crime is becoming an increasingly acute problem in ports of European cities. In recent years, ports across Europe have experienced growing amounts of violence, drug confiscations and investigations related to organised crime and corruption. Organised crime groups often take advantage of the unique nature of ports, where governance is shared between public and private actors and massive amounts of movement of goods occurs around the clock, workers are susceptible to intimidation and corruption While also a potential cause of vulnerability, the public-private nature of ports can be used as an advantage through public-private partnerships, a key component of a multi-stakeholder approach to combating organised crime. Recognised as an important tool in the fight against trafficking, public-private partnerships should be integrated in local strategies to counter trafficking of illicit substances and persons.

  • Why are ports of European cities experiencing growing instances of organised crime related activity and violence? 
  • Why are public-private partnerships an important aspect of a strategy to combat organised crime? What are some examples of successful public-private partnerships? 
  • How can local authorities guarantee transparency in public-private partnerships? How can public-private partnerships be developed taking into account the needs of local actors and residents of port cities? 


  • Marty Stanicic, Senior policy advisor, Department of public safety, City of Rotterdam

This event is organised as part of a series of web conferences on the local roots and impacts of organsied crime. Learn more