Set up in 1958, the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) was entrusted by the Committee of Ministers the responsibility for overseeing and coordinating the Council of Europe’s activities in the field of crime prevention and crime control. The CDPC meets at the headquarters of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (France).

The CDPC identifies priorities for intergovernmental legal co-operation, makes proposals to the Committee of Ministers on activities in the fields of criminal law and procedure, criminology and penology, and implements these activities.

The CDPC elaborates conventions, recommendations and reports. It organises criminological research conferences and criminological colloquia, conferences of directors of prison administration.

The White Paper on Transnational Organised Crime

The White Paper on Transnational Organised CrimeTransnational organised crime (TOC) is a crucial issue in many Council of Europe member states as it represents a major threat to the rule of law with serious consequences for its victims, the economy and social development. According to some studies, approximately 3 600 international organised criminal groups are active in Europe. The Council of Europe, as the leading organisation dealing with the protection of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, is committed to playing a key role in the fight against TOC. Prepared at the request of the Committee of Ministers, this White Paper establishes areas in which the Council of Europe could contribute to fighting TOC and identifies specific tasks that could be carried out better or more efficiently by the Organisation [...]

I trust that this White Paper will be a helpful tool for policy makers and practitioners alike.

Thorbjørn Jagland
Secretary General of the Council of Europe

White Paper on Transnational Organised Crime (full version in PDF)

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