After ten years of continuous implementation throughout three phases, CORMS (the Cocaine Route Monitoring and Support Project) ended on 9 April 2021. With the transition from the Cocaine Route Programme (CRP) to the Global Illicit Flows Programme (GIFP) CORMS was rebranded to MASIF (Monitoring and Support Project for the Global Illicit Flows Programme).
The broadened scope and remit under the GIFP, going beyond a commodity-based approach to respond to global illicit flows in all of their interdependence, offers an opportunity for MASIF to continue delivering insight, contextual awareness, and strategic and programmatic understanding for the overall GIFP.
At an important strategic and operational juncture for EU programming against transnational organised crime, the MASIF project will build on the foundations laid by CORMS. It will continue to work on increasing synergies between all the components of the GIFP and improving coordination with other initiatives in the fight against organised crime in Latin America and the Caribbean, East and West Africa, Central, West and South Asia and the Eastern neighbourhood of the EU. The project will ensure close monitoring of GIFP projects and work to further enhance coherence and complementarity both within the programme (internal coherence) and with respect to any other relevant initiative (external coherence).
MASIF will continue to provide the EC with expert advice and recommendations on current trends of transnational criminal phenomena in the regions covered by the GIFP. It will also provide regular update on national, regional and international initiatives, events, activities, publications in domains relevant to the GIFP.
The illicitflows.eu website will continue to be maintained by MASIF and serve as an information gateway to increase visibility for the overall programme.
The project started on 12 April 2021 and will be implemented over 36 months by the Royal United Services Institute Europe (RUSI Europe).