FLARE – Freedom, Legality and Rights in Europe is a network of civil society organisations committed in the social fight against transnational organised crime, composed of 34 associations and NGOs from 25 countries, active in fields such as youth promotion, fight against women and child sexual exploitation, environmental protection, human rights defense, fight against corruption, support to migrants and refugees. It was founded in 2008 at the European Parliament in Brussels and is registered in Italy as an association for social and cultural promotion according to the Law 383/2000. It currently employs 14 persons as permanent staff at the head office in Turin, Italy; it also has a branch in Brussels and three regional offices, in Nis, Serbia, for the Balkan region, in Kiev, Ukraine, for Eastern Europe, and Paris, France, for Western Europe. The opening of new regional offices in other regions is under development.
FLARE is a second-level association. The Network is governed by the Assembly of the Associates, to which every member associations has the right to send one voting representative, and that elects the main charges of the Network – the President, the Board of Directors, and the Treasurer. The Board of Directors is the operational governing body, composed by the President and the Treasurer plus 5 Councillors elected by the Assembly; the chairmanship of the Board is rotation-based.
The FLARE Network aims at: raising awareness among European citizens about the diffusion and the influence of the organised crime phenomenon in Europe and in the surrounding territories through means of social events and by providing information materials; having the European Parliament proclaim March 21st “European Day in memory of the victims of the mafias and for the commitment in contrasting organised crime“; requesting the European Commission and the Council of Europe to legislate in the matter of reuse for social purposes of property and goods confiscated to the international criminal organisations. Its usual sources of funding are institutional funds on the local/national level and EU funds (e.g. EACEA, Youth agencies, etc.