What is the project about?

CCICJ establishes a transnational focal point of competence and in-depth knowledge with a theoretically soundly founded and well-established, yet transferable practice-oriented approach on EU primary law aspects in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice with a view to its constantly developing parameter value money-laundering, its governing institutional framework (namely the Member States’ Financial Intelligence Units, FIUs) and other derivative secondary legislative measures on anti-money-laundering (AML) measures. The integration and inter-agency aspects of these substantive and institutional AML measures at supranational level in the given AFSJ framework allows enhanced cross-sectoral investigations in the light of the Europol Regulation of 2022 and the European Financial and Economic Crime Centre.

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CIRD e.V. will support all activities regarding the successful implementation of the CCICJ.

O-1: CCICJ has been developed and designed to offer additional educational opportunities at university level to contribute to spreading knowledge on EU integration matters in the field of security and safety. Based on joint research, tailor-made information for specific target groups is to be tested, made available, disseminated and promoted throughout Europe.

O-2: The dynamic and constantly evolving topical scope of CCICJ – security policies – cannot be appropriately addressed without integrating historic EU aspects, aims, organisational structures and operational functions. The same accounts for the human and fundamental rights dimension of this topic, i.e. Art. 2 EUT is to be considered as well as the CFR and the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Convention’s (ECHR).

O-3: As Art 6 CFR and Art. 5 ECHR are providing for the Right to Liberty and Security, there is a direct and immanent link between the regulatory/organisational scopes of O-1 und O-2 and the aim of CCICJ to spread knowledge on security and safety policies as to daily live matters of EU citizens, incl. its human/fundamental rights dimension. The concept of predicate offences – applied in some AFSJ Member States, but skipped in other ones, e.g. recently in Germany) – brings measures to combat organised crime and AML even closer to the people than purely ‘policing’ and ‘rule of law’ aspects could: Investigations in this field are subject to law enforcement/authoritative actors but also to CSO and media involvement and to cross-sectoral, multi-agency responses that rely on active involvement of the people, economic operators and CSOs.

O-4: The interplay of public and private mandated actors in the safety and security sector, and the citizens, must be subject to enhanced cooperation among policy- and operational decision-makers; this counts esp. where such issues as outlined in O-3 are of cross-border character (considering furthermost Art. 222 TFEU on the principle of solidarity) due to the fact that all these daily-life-matters are subject to the shared competences of the EU and the Member States (Art. 4(2) TFEU). CCICJ aims to provide hands-on and conceptual solutions for the AFSJ and the stronger integration of CSOs, commercial operators as well as the new EU AML-Agency to support domestic FIUs.
In doing so, CCICJ has positive impacts on the EU-based policy-making system: As CCICJ is aware of the normative and competences structures in the EU, the Member States’ national, regional and local levels must be targeted as well – they are where the AFSJ cooperation mechanisms must provide the best response to money laundering along with its adverse effects on the people, functioning of institutions, economy, and the concept of liberal democracy.

Since December 2023, CCICJ is implemented by the Institute of Police and Security Studies IPoS.

CCICJ is co-funded by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) under GA No. 101126854.


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