06/2015 Cigarette smuggling

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07 September 2015 to 10 September 2015

The aim of this course is to improve the knowledge of senior police and customs officers on combating tobacco smuggling and on modern prevention, control and investigation techniques, with particular emphasis on tracking and tracing, cooperation possibilities with the industry, the impact of technological innovations and the European dimension of the anti-smuggling effort.

Participants will be able to:

  • distinguish the range of challenges faced by law enforcement due to the diverse modus operandi of cigarette smugglers
  • explain the importance of the cooperation agreements between the European Commission (OLAF) and the leading multinational tobacco companies with particular focus on tracking and tracing, due diligence and supplementary payments
  • recognise the significance of EU law enforcement instruments and actions combatting cigarette smuggling such as the Eastern Border Action plan, the Europol Focal Point SMOKE or Joint Customs Operations
  • compare the efficiency of anti-contraband measures of EU law enforcement agencies (i.e. integrated border control or mobile control)
  • explore how technological innovations facilitate control and investigation possibilities in the field of counter-smuggling
Target Audience: 

Senior police and customs officers having leading role in anti-smuggling operations (relevant security clearance is required).

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CEPOL course 6/2015 on cigarette smuggling

19 October 2015

From 7 to 10 September the International Training Centre from the Hungarian Ministry of Interior hosted the CEPOL course 6/2015 “Cigarette smuggling”. The activity aimed at expanding the participants’ knowledge on techniques to investigate, control and prevent this type of organised crime. Experts from Germany, Romania, United Kingdom, Hungary and international organisations such as the World Customs Organization (WCO), the European Commission, EUROPOL and FRONTEX contributed to the success of the training.



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European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
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Ó utca 27

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European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
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