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More of EU’s cocaine will come via Western Balkans

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Significance

Groups from the Western Balkans (WB) are heavily involved in Western Europe’s cocaine market. More than one-third of joint operations conducted during 2018-21 by Europol, an EU body coordinating national law enforcement agencies, targeted organised crime linked to the region.

Impacts

  • Corruption at WB ports will increase, especially in Albania and Montenegro.
  • Balkan drug traffickers will try to expand access to the United Kingdom.
  • Cooperation between organised crime in the WB and in Croatia and Greece will deepen.

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