Fighting Crime and Policing Borders
The EU has a serious role to play in protecting Britons, and citizens of all EU member states, from organised crime. The EU is also instrumental in protecting Britain from illegal immigration.
Since 2005, the European external borders agency, FRONTEX, has been coordinating efforts between all EU member states on the management of external borders.
Illegal activities such as counterfeiting and piracy account for a loss to British businesses of approximately £1.4billion each year and reduce annual EU GDP by more than £5billion.
The EU is spearheading the fight against these kinds of unlawful activity with tough new measures to stop organised criminal gangs and terrorist groups from laundering money and trading in counterfeit goods and notes within EU member states.