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Ernest_Mario.jpg Mário Ernest / Radu_Mariana.jpg Mariana Radu

The Impact of COVID-19 on Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters
The Eurojust Experience

23 June 2021 (updated 2 months, 1 week ago) // english

The global COVID-19 pandemic has had a far-reaching impact on the administration of public matters worldwide and on cooperation among states in general. It has also seriously impacted judicial cooperation in criminal matters. In this note, we briefly outline the direct effect the pandemic has had on judicial cooperation in criminal matters as experienced in Eurojust's casework.

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Vavoula_Niovi_sw.jpg Dr. Niovi Vavoula BA; LL.M.

The COVID-19 Pandemic as a Stress Test on the Right to Protection of Personal Data
The Case of Greece

23 June 2021 (updated 2 months, 1 week ago) // english

This article aims to critically examine the limitations to the fundamental right of personal data protection in Greece by exploring three instances in which the rules and practices have put the protection of personal data under significant pressure: (1) the processing of information on individuals who obtain movement permits via SMS; (2) the tracking of COVID-19 patients; and (3) the guidelines on the management of the COVID-19 crisis by the Hellenic Data Protection Authority (DPA). The article argues that the Greek response to COVID-19 has been fraught with over-restrictive measures that go beyond what is necessary and proportionate in a democratic society. In particular, the requirement of obtaining movement permits via SMS, which has been inserted through soft law, thus without parliamentary scrutiny, has relativized data protection and has lowered individuals’ resistance to future surveillance practices marking everyday movement as a matter of interest to the state. In relation to … Read more

Editorial Editorial eucrim 1-2021

1 June 2021 (updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago) // english

Dear Readers, I have been a prosecutor for half of my life. I have combatted high-level corruption for many years and possess firsthand experience in the vital importance of fairness, the willingness to comply with commonly agreed rules, the ability to administer justice − in other words, the rule of law. This is the core strength of the European Union for me and, I am sure, for millions of European citizens who grew up under dictatorial regimes in a divided Europe: our only effective way to ensure the rule of law is true democracy in a globalised world. One of… Read more