The PMI IMPACT Expert Council selected 32 projects for funding in the initiative’s first round, which focused on tackling illegal trade and related crimes in the European Union.

Successful projects come from public, private, and academic sectors in 18 countries. In total, the PMI IMPACT grants to be allocated for the projects’ implementation are approximately USD 28 million.

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Innovative and Bold Solutions

Covering a broad range of activities in the European Union and neighboring countries, the selected projects have real potential to advance global efforts against illegal trade and serve as best practices. Many of them go beyond tackling the illegal tobacco trade, and will explore the nexus with organized crime, terrorism, online and offline trafficking, and the interdependencies with illegal trade.

Covering a broad range of activities in the European Union and neighboring countries, the selected projects have real potential to advance global efforts against illegal trade and serve as best practices. Many of them go beyond tackling the illegal tobacco trade, and will explore the nexus with organized crime, terrorism, online and offline trafficking, and the interdependencies with illegal trade.

The projects are expected to be completed over the next two years and include:
  • Research from public universities and independent think-tanks exploring the scope and drivers of illegal trade to develop recommendations tackling the issue from different perspectives, including consumer demand, legislative and judicial frameworks, stakeholder action;
  • Projects building technical solutions and equipment to support law enforcement operations and strengthen the control over illegal activities;
  • Activities to enhance the capacity and proficiency of law enforcement and customs officers, relevant public institutions, and the expert community;
  • Educational and awareness programs for opinion leaders and the broader public, including forums for greater cross-sectoral collaboration.
The projects are expected to be completed over the next two years and include:
  • Research from public universities and independent think-tanks exploring the scope and drivers of illegal trade to develop recommendations tackling the issue from different perspectives, including consumer demand, legislative and judicial frameworks, stakeholder action;
  • Projects building technical solutions and equipment to support law enforcement operations and strengthen the control over illegal activities;
  • Activities to enhance the capacity and proficiency of law enforcement and customs officers, relevant public institutions, and the expert community;
  • Educational and awareness programs for opinion leaders and the broader public, including forums for greater cross-sectoral collaboration.
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