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CJEU: Consequences of the Lack to Interpretation/Translation to Acts Ancillary to Criminal Proceedings 
13 September 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
In its judgment in Case C-242/22 PPU (criminal proceedings against TL), the CJEU clarified the interpretation of the need to translate essential documents and to ensure the presence of an interpreter when that document is being drawn up (Art. 2(1) and Art. 3(1) of Directive 2010/64). In addition, the case addresses the right to be informed on the right to interpretation and translation (Art. 3(1)(d) of Directive 2012/13). Read more

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EU Procedural Safeguards
EPPO Signs Working Arrangement with U.S. Law Enforcement 
12 September 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 26 July 2022, the EPPO signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Working Arrangement on cooperation with the United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Homeland Security. The MoU/WA will facilitate cooperation between the participants in investigations and prosecutions relating to criminal offenses within their respective competences. Read more

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EU EPPO
Moldova: Report Assessed Factors of Large-Scale Corruption 
12 September 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
In July 2022, the Independent Anti-Corruption Advisory Committee (CCIA) presented a report that provided a first comprehensive analysis of corruption in the financial, banking and insurance systems in Moldova. Read more

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EU Corruption
REPO Task Force: More than $30 Billion Russians' Assets Frozen 
11 August 2022
Anna Pingen Anna Pingen
On 29 June 2022, the Russian Elites, Proxies and Oligarchs (REPO) Task Force took stock of its successes during the first 100 days in operation. Accordingly, it managed to block or freeze more than $30 billion worth of sanctioned Russians' assets, and immobilised around $300 billion worth of Russian Central Bank assets. Read more

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Ukraine conflict Freezing of Assets / Confiscation
Council Sanctions against Russia and Belarus 
11 August 2022
Anna Pingen Anna Pingen
This news item provides an overview of the recent EU actions with regard to sanctioning Russia's war in Ukraine. It outlines targeted sanctions against individuals, economic sanctions and bans on broadcasting companies. Read more

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Ukraine conflict Council
Commission Triggers Conditionality Mechanism against Hungary 
10 August 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 27 April 2022, the European Commission officially triggered the so-called conditionality mechanism against Hungary. Based on Regulation 2020/2092, the mechanism allows the EU to cut off an EU Member State from receiving EU money if it breaches principles of the rule of law. Read more

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EU Rule of Law Protection of Financial Interests
EP and Council Reach Consensus on E-evidence Dossier 
9 August 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 28 June 2022, negotiators of the European Parliament (EP) and the Council reached a political agreement on the core elements of the e-evidence package. The EP side was able to push through major safeguards for fundamental rights and data protection. Read more

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EU e-Evidence Law Enforcement Cooperation
Europol Improves Data Exchange with New Zealand 
8 August 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 30 June 2022, the EU and New Zealand signed an agreement on the exchange of personal data between Europol and New Zealand to better fight crime and terrorism. The agreement aims to promote law enforcement cooperation while ensuring strong protection of fundamental rights, such … Read more

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EU Europol
Commission Tabled Evaluation of Victims’ Rights Directive 
8 August 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 28 June 2022, the Commission published an evaluation of the Victims’ Rights Directive (Directive 2012/29/EU). This will feed into a proposal for a revision of the Directive, which is expected next year. According to Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders, there is a … Read more

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EU Victim Protection
EP Stands Up for “EU Green Prosecutor” 
8 August 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
In a resolution adopted on 23 June 2022 on illegal logging in the EU, MEPs emphasises, among other things, that the establishment of a "green prosecutor" could help to combat environmental crimes, such as illegal logging. This could be achieved by broadening the mandate … Read more

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EU EPPO Environmental Crime
GRETA: Annual Report for 2021 
8 August 2022
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 13 July 2022, GRETA published its annual report for 2021. Despite the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the group continued to work with other CoE bodies, other international organisations and civil society to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings. It carried … Read more

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Council of Europe Trafficking in Human Beings
Moneyval: Latest Follow-up Reports 
8 August 2022
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
Moneyval's latest follow-up reports published on 8 and 10 June 2022 have upgraded the level of compliance of the following member states from "partially compliant" to "largely compliant" in a number of areas:Hungary in three areas: correspondent banking, internal control of financial institutions and … Read more

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Council of Europe Money Laundering
Moneyval: Annual Report for 2021 
8 August 2022
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 4 May 2022, MONEYVAL published its annual report for 2021. The Committee examined the measures needed to improve the fight against money laundering. It also assessed compliance with international standards and the evolution of the legal and institutional framework for the prevention of … Read more

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Council of Europe Money Laundering
Moneyval: Fifth Round Evaluation Report on Bulgaria 
8 August 2022
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 27 June 2022, MONEYVAL published its fifth-round evaluation report on Bulgaria. The fifth evaluation round builds on previous MONEYVAL assessments examining in a strengthened way how effectively Member States prevent and combat money laundering (ML) and terrorism financing (TF). The compliance level refers … Read more

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Council of Europe Money Laundering
GRECO: Fifth Round Evaluation Report on Serbia 
8 August 2022
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 5 July 2022, GRECO published its fifth round evaluation report on Serbia. The focus of this evaluation round is on preventing corruption and promoting integrity in central governments (top executive functions) and law enforcement agencies. The evaluation particularly tackles issues of conflicts of … Read more

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Council of Europe Corruption
ECtHR Expansion of Interim Measures Regarding Russian Military Action in Ukraine 
8 August 2022
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 1 April 2022, the ECtHR expanded previous interim measures in relation to Russia’s military action in Ukraine. After having indicated a number of interim measures to the Government of the Russian Federation in relation to the military action which commenced on 24 February 2022 in various parts of Ukraine on 1 and 4 March 2022, the ECtHR decided on further requests brought forward by Ukraine on 16 March 2022. Read more

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Council of Europe Human Rights Issues Ukraine conflict