“Borders: an enormous obstacle for governments, quite the opposite for criminals”

National borders don’t stop criminals. Stronger still, criminals intentionally use national borders in order to hide their activities from investigative and other authorities. National borders prove to be a major obstacle in the fight against such undermining crime. Every country has its own legislation and language, for instance, and there are differences in terms of powers and responsibilities. The degree of awareness of undermining crime and, more specifically, the role of the administration in the fight against it, also plays an important role.

Awareness & Casuistry

The EURIEC at the RIEC Limburg was set up to give cross-border administrative collaboration a boost by means of: 

1. Awareness: make administrative authorities in Belgium, North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) and the Netherlands aware of the need for international collaboration and the exchange of information in the field of the administrative fight against undermining crime.

2. Casuistry: investigate the possibilities and impossibilities of a cross-border exchange of information between administrative authorities on the basis of specific casuistry with an international component (the Netherlands, Belgium or North Rhine-Westphalia). The findings thereof will be presented to the responsible organisations in the countries in question. 

What to expect?

Based on the findings from the cross-border cases, the EURIEC prepares manuals to increase cross-border sharing of knowledge (see the list on the side). Those documents are published here.


If you have any questions for the EURIEC, please contact us via the contact form.


  • Consulting public sources (soon available)
  • Official documents which residents of BE, DE and NL themselves can request from government agencies (soon available)