Organised Crime in States of the Post-Communist Central Europe. Similar Problems Security Building, Similar Duties after Joining the EU

  • Miroslav Nožina
Keywords: organised crime, European Union, security policy, post-communist Central Europe


States of the post-communist Central Europe (PCCE), i.e. Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, occupy important strategic position in the fight against organised crime now after their accession to the European Union. It is a security space where the EU can apply a more or less unified security policy. Although regional differences exist among the PCCE countries, basic conditions, mechanisms of the organised crime groups activities, and styles of state security systems reconstruction are similar. In the course of the 1990s, all PCCE countries more or less successfully adapted their legislations to new conditions and defined them according to the EU standards. They started the reconstruction of security forces and their de-politisation as well. "Wars of policemen", police officers fluctuation, various interest groups pressure, lack of qualified justice specialists, lengthy and expensive law enforcement procedures and corruption, build obstacles for these processes. The article analyses basic common trends in the development of PCCE criminal scene and legislations and security services reconstruction on the basis on which it is suitable to construct regional security conceptions and to create unified EU security space.

Author Biography

Miroslav Nožina