Experts from the REC's Water Management and Law Development, Enforcement and Compliance topic areas are attending the first European Workshop on Water Crimes to present the preliminary findings of research on water-related crimes in Hungary.
The REC collected data through a questionnaire sent out to stakeholders, including the main prosecutor’s office in Hungary, the National Directorate General for Disaster Management, and the country's 12 regional water directorates. Online reports and news articles were also used as a source for the collection of cases. Over 150 cases were identified covering the period 2006 to 2016.
The findings of the ongoing research will be included in the first detailed inventory of crimes against water in Europe. The inventory will be one of the outputs of WATER CRIMES, an innovative research project co-funded by the Internal Security Fund of the European Union, which aims to bridge gaps and advance existing knowledge on crimes against water in Europe. The project will also produce a medium-range crime forecast scenario that will include policy recommendations and mitigation strategies.
In addition to carrying out research on water-related crimes in Hungary, the REC is leading the project work package on dissemination, communication and knowledge transfer activities.
To find out more about the research and about project activities, visit the WATER CRIMES project website.