Prevention of and fight against crime

Prevention of and fight against crime

The Specific Programme Prevention of and fight against crime 2007–2013 (ISEC) was established under Council Decision 2007/125/JHA of 12 February 2007.

The objective of ISEC is to improve the level of security for citizens by preventing and combating crime, organised or otherwise, in particular terrorism, trafficking in persons and offences against children, illicit drug trafficking and illicit arms trafficking, corruption and fraud.

The general objectives of ISEC include:

  • crime prevention and criminology;
  • law enforcement;
  • protection and support to witnesses;
  • protection of victims.

The programme is destined for law enforcement authorities, other public and/or private bodies, actors and institutions, including local, regional and national authorities, social partners, universities, statistical offices, non-governmental organisations, public-private partnerships and relevant international bodies. Access to the programmes is open to bodies and organisations with legal personality established in the Member States.

The provision of financial support takes the following forms:

  1. projects initiated and managed by the Commission with European dimension;
  2. transnational projects which involve partners in at least two Member States, or at least one Member State and one other country which may either be an acceding or a candidate country;
  3. national projects within Member States, which:
    1. prepare or complement transnational projects and/or Union actions;
    2. contribute to developing innovative methods or technologies, with a potential for transferability to action at Union level, or develop such methods or technologies to transfer them to other Member States and/or to an acceding country or a candidate country;
  4. Operating grants for non-governmental organisations pursuing on a non-profit basis objectives of the programme on a European dimension.

Basically, the supported actions are of non–material nature – the purchase of equipment is allowed only in exceptional cases, when its aim is other than retrofitting. The catalogue of typical projects includes setting up knowledge networks, information banks, system concepts, transnational training and conferences, studies related to prevention of terrorism and crime.

To implement the programmes, in 2007–2013 the European Commission, by the end of September,  adopts annual work programmes, specifying their specific objectives, thematic priorities, description of accompanying measures and, where necessary, a list of other actions. The EU grants are awarded following a call for proposals, except for duly justified, exceptional or emergency cases or where a potential beneficiary holds a monopoly in a given area.

Beneficiaries from the Ministry of the Interior may apply for funds under additional calls for proposals which are open only to the signatories of the framework agreement.

European Commission finalized calls for proposals within ISEC programe due to the fact that new Multiannual Financial Framework has been established for 2014 – 2020 and new funds were made available in the area of the Homme Affairs (see archive webpage of ISEC programme)