Organized crime is growing at an exponential rate throughout the European Union. The fall of the Iron Curtain and the loosening of internal borders within the Union has resulted in a freer and more deregulated environment, which has created the perfect breeding ground for organized crime syndicates and their illicit activities. Crimes that were once limited to drug trafficking and money laundering have expanded to include the smuggling of cars and even human beings, as well as radioactive and nuclear materials trafficking. The only way for the European Union to effectively stop the spread of the organized crime problem is to suppress the urge for national sovereignty and to organize itself into a unified front. Absent this unified force, the activities of organized crime groups in Europe will ultimately lead to the demise of the Union in economic and global markets.
Joel S. Solomon, Forming a More Secure Union: The Growing Problem of Organized Crime in Europe as a Challenge to National Sovereignty, 13 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 623 (1995).