About the EURIEC
Criminals intentionally use national borders in order to hide their activities from investigative and other authorities. It is our goal as EURIEC to strengthen cross-border administrative collaboration between Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands by offering support in case studies, organising international expert platforms, by increasing awareness of the administrative fight against cross-border crime and by removing barriers.
What we do
We support and advise administrative authorities regarding international collaboration and information exchange in the fight against organised crime. Therefore, we organise expert platforms, among other things. We also search for good practices and stimulate knowledge exchange by drawing up manuals and comprehensive documents.
Closed Dutch lunchroom moves to Germany
A lunchroom in the Netherlands is closed down due to drug-related activities. Social media show that the business is opening a new lunchroom under the same name, just across the border in Germany. In order to prevent relocation of the problem, the Dutch mayor informs its German colleague about the closure.
“That focused collaboration also needs to be carried out across national borders. Otherwise, gangs will mercilessly abuse these borders. And then the so-called ‘waterbed effect ‘ will occur. If you take action in Belgium, the repercussions will be felt in Germany or the Netherlands, and vice versa.”
Jan Jambon, former Minister of Security and Home Affairs of Belgium
Creating an international network of professionals
In addition to providing support in cases, we are continually expanding our international network of professionals. This will help the experts from the different countries to find each other more easily and increases the common awareness of the administrative fight against organised crime.
Expert platform Antwerpen – Tilburg
The City of Antwerp requested an overview of the possibilities for querying Dutch municipalities for information on Dutch residents in the context of permit-granting procedures. The expert platform led to a comparison of the legal frameworks in Belgium and the Netherlands.
“We have noticed that mayors are starting to recognise the signs. They used to think of members or moteorbike gangs as men with a rough exterior. That image has changed. Recently, in 32 municipalities in the Belgian province of Limburg, one must have a licence to establish a clubhouse. Furthermore there is more cautiousness regarding, for example, boxing galas and motorbike club tours. We provide an overview of all legal instruments to help municipalities in this respect.”
Annemie de Boye, Coordinator ARIEC Limburg (Belgium) & Member EURIEC Steering Committee
On 17 May 2018, the RIEC Limburg, along with Belgian ARIECs and the competent authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia, was instructed to set up a Euro-regional Information and Expertise Centre to offer support for the administrative fight against cross-border organised crime, the EURIEC. This instruction was issued by means of a letter of intent that was signed by Jan Jambon (the former Minister for Security and Domestic Affairs in Belgium), Herbert Reul (the North Rhine-Westphalia Innenminister) and Ferdinand Grapperhaus (the Minister of Security and Justice in the Netherlands).
We maintain close cooperation with the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven – B), the Hochschule für Polizei und öffentliche Verwaltung North Rhine-Westphalia (HSPV NRW – D) and Maastricht University (N). The HSPV NRW and the KU Leuven provide the EURIEC project with substantive and legal support by assessing the findings in concrete cases. Maastricht University supports the effective improvement of cross-border administrative approach and collaboration in the three countries.