Since the revolutions of 1989 the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland have largely succeeded in their quest for western-style political stabilisation and economic development. Developments in the region have made these countries increasingly attractive to organised crime however, and all of the East Central European (ECE) countries have seen levels of organised crime increase, both within and across national borders. According to arecent Interpol report, most of the well-known organised criminal networks have already established operations in ECE [1]. The growth of

organised crime in the region is seen as a significant problem, confined not only to these countries themselves, or even within the European continent, but on aglobai scale, meaning that the countries of ECE now stand on the front line of the international fight against organised crime.