Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Organised crime, corruption and money laundering

Delivered in Plenary - 11th June 2013

Madam President

In March of this year Europol – sadly and alarmingly – described my London constituency as being the organised crime capital of Europe. So undoubtedly cross-border organised crime is a major threat and problem, both to my constituents and to the wider EU, and definitely needs a coordinated response.

I welcome the Temporary Special Committee on Organised Crime’s monitoring of the situation via this mid-term report. However, I disagree with some of its recommendations, and therefore I abstained overall. Despite this, I would like to support specifically the key amendments involving the battle against human trafficking, drug smuggling, cybercrime, tax evasion and the fight against terrorism.

Furthermore, I am also a supporter of the directives, such as the Fourth Money Laundering Directive and the EU Passenger Name Record Directive. But, sadly, despite these worthy elements of the report, aspects such as the inclusion of a harmonised criminal law system, a more complete banking union and the right to asylum prevent me and my delegation from voting in favour of this report overall.