EMPACT stands for the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats. It introduces an integrated approach to EU internal security, involving measures that range from external border controls, police, customs and judicial cooperation to information management, innovation, training, prevention and the external dimension of internal security, as well as public-private partnerships where appropriate.
Frontex and EMPACT
Frontex takes part in Joint Action Days – international operations that bring together national law enforcement authorities, international organisations and EU agencies to take on serious and organised crime. These operations are coordinated under the umbrella of the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats.
The agency coordinates and takes part in operations aimed at fighting such criminal phenomena as migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings, smuggling of firearms, drugs and excise goods, vehicle fraud, document fraud, and many others.
- Operation Mobile 5 – Race against time (europa.eu)
- 82 people smugglers arrested in a Frontex-led operation (europa.eu)
- 3 tonnes of tobacco, 2 million cigarettes seized at EU’s external borders (europa.eu)
In May 2021, the Council adopted the conclusions setting the priorities for the EMPACT cycle (January 2022 - December 2025):
- high-risk criminal networks
- trafficking in human beings
- child sexual exploitation
- migrant smuggling
- drug trafficking
- fraud, economic and financial crimes
- organised property crime
- environmental crime
- firearms trafficking
In addition to these priorities, document fraud will be addressed as a common horizontal strategic goal, since it is a key enabler for many crimes.