EU: Organised Crime

House of Lords written question – answered on 8 November 2013.

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Photo of Lord Pearson of Rannoch Lord Pearson of Rannoch UKIP

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Italian Member of the European Parliament Ms Sonia Alfano, chairman of the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Organised Crime, that the mafia have relations with people within all European Union institutions.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

We regard any kind of links with organised criminal groups as unacceptable. The British Government has not assessed the statement made by Ms Sonia Alfano. However we appreciate the important work that the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Organised Crime has undertaken to counter the threats posed by organised criminal groups to Europe as a whole.

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