The fight against gangs must be waged across borders. This is one of the main points when EU justice ministers meet in Stockholm, writes Minister of Justice Gunnar Strömmer (M) on Dagens Nyheter's debate page

Minister of Justice Gunnar Strömmer (M) will meet his colleagues in Stockholm on Thursday and Friday. Archive image.
Minister of Justice Gunnar Strömmer (M) will meet his colleagues in Stockholm on Thursday and Friday. Archive image.

"Just focusing on our own structures in Sweden will not be enough," he writes.

The proposed measures against cross-border organized crime offer better opportunities to seize criminal assets and to link EU countries' bank account records.

"In this way, law enforcement authorities can hit the financial core of organized crime directly," says Strömmer.

There is also an increased possibility for the police to collect passenger data from airlines.

Gunnar Strömmer also highlights, among other things, improved opportunities for EU police authorities to access digital evidence in other Member States.

"The joint work on drugs must also continue. Illegal drug trafficking is a main source of income for organized crime," says the Minister of Justice.

The government and the Swedish Democrats will present proposals from their national strategy against the gangs at a press conference on Thursday morning.