The action of the Guardia di Finanza abroad
Economic and financial crime is ontologically a crossborder issue since crime organizations, by adopting business strategies, try to take advantage of geographical limits in jurisdiction and make use of “tax havens” abroad, exploiting any reality where there is a lack in transparency and poor investigative capacity, to the purpose of maximizing profits and hiding illicit assets.
For this reason, in 2001 the Guardia di Finanza was granted sources abroad and specific tasks aiming at prosecuting fraud and offences damaging the national and EU economy and finance also in foreign Countries.
Specialized skills against economic and financial violations to protect the national and EU budget were further broadened in 2009. In particular, the Corps was attributed specific exclusive tasks with reference to cooperation and information exchange in the fight against international tax evasion and avoidance.