Organised crime: 2022 results of EU-wide crime-fighting actions within EMPACT published

The 2022 results of the EU’s flagship instrument to fight organised crime have been published. Across its 15 crime areas, EU-wide law enforcement and judicial actions have led to:

  • 9 922 arrests
  • identification of 4 019 victims of trafficking of human beings
  • 3 646 migrant smugglers arrested
  • over €180 million seized
  • over 62 tonnes of drugs seized
  • 9 262 investigations initiated

EMPACT optimises coordination and cooperation on crime priorities affecting EU member states. Crime fighting actions are carried out by law enforcement and judicial authorities at national level supported by EU institutions and EU agencies. Where relevant, public and private sector organisations, international bodies and third countries are involved as well.


EMPACT stands for the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats. It ensures an integrated approach to EU internal security, involving measures that range from investigations, 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.