The European Network on the Administrative Approach (ENAA) has been formed within the EU in the Council Conclusion of 5 November 2010. Since then the Network has evolved into a Network of National Contact Points which act as a gateway to law enforcement agencies, government departments, administrative bodies and academia in their respective countries. In particular, the focus is on those teams, units and departments which are regularly using administrative powers or non-traditional ways of working on a practical level, as part of a multidisciplinary approach to prevent and disrupt organised crime.
The goal of the Network is to stimulate and facilitate a network of contact points, competent in the field of administrative measures to tackle the phenomenon of organised crime groups taking into account national needs and particular circumstances.
- promotes the concept of administrative measures
- assesses possibilities to strengthen the exchange of information between administrative bodies and traditional law enforcement organisations of EU Member States, making use of existing instruments for international exchange of information and limitations stemming from national legislation
- encourages sharing of best practices
- proposes new initiatives in developing administrative measures
The administrative approach is being developed at different speeds in the EU. Therefore the Network is important for the gathering and sharing of information and best practices. This is not only with the National Contact Points but also with central and local governments.
The Network exists out of the EU Member States which appoints the National Contact Point(s) (NCP) to represent the Member State and meets at least once a year. Representatives from the European Commission, Europol, Eurojust and European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN) will also attend the Network meetings as observers. The Secretariat of ENAA is also part of the full Network but does not participate in voting. The full Network is the ultimate body that takes decisions and also elects a Core Group of Member States.
The Core Group is composed of the NCP(s) from up to 4 Member States elected by the full Network for the term of 24 months and the NCP(s) from the outgoing, current and the incoming Presidencies of the Council of the European Union. Each Member State has one vote. The European Commission, Europol, Eurojust, the EUCPN are observers in the Network and can each designate one representative to attend the Core Group Meetings. The Secretariat of ENAA is also a member of the Core Group. The Core Group is co-chaired by the Member State holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union together with the Representative of the European Commission.
The Core Group is responsible for driving the activity of the Network and overseeing the administrative tasks of the Secretariat, including preparing the meetings of the full Network.
ENAA is co-chaired by the Member State holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union together with the Representative of the European Commission. The Chairs shall consult and co-operate closely with the Core Group. In planning meetings, attention shall be given to time- and cost-effectiveness.
The Secretariat provides support to the Network and the Core Group and is responsible for the daily work of ENAA.
The Secretariat is an independent service hosted by the EUCPN. The EUCPN assumes some administrative responsibilities throughout the project, however the Project Coordinator within the EUCPN Secretariat takes on the part of the administrative burden in relation to the projects content by writing and reporting on the project and taking all the administrative steps needed by the European Commission. All financial rules of the EUCPN and the European Commission have to be followed.