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The 2018 Conference on International Extradition and the European Arrest Warrant 
Academic and practising lawyers from around the world gathered in Sarnico, Italy in the last week of June 2018 to brainstorm on current developments in extradition law in several countries, including the UK, Scotland, USA, Italy, Albania, Australia, Germany, and Switzerland. A poll of participants indicated that virtually all considered the two-day conference a complete success. Read more

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EU European Arrest Warrant Judicial Cooperation
EMSC Report 
20 October 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
In April 2018, Europol’s European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) published its two-year Activity Report covering the period from January 2017 to January 2018. Read more

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EU Europol Organised Crime
Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2018 
20 October 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
In June 2018, Europol published its Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT) for 2018, outlining current trends. Read more

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EU Europol Terrorism
CJEU Blames Hungary for Non-Execution of Croatian EAW for Corruption 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 25 July 2018, the CJEU rendered an important judgment on the obligations of the executing authority in the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) system. Furthermore, the judgment interprets the refusal grounds of Art. 3 No. 2 and Art. 4 No. 3 FD EAW. Read more

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EU European Arrest Warrant Ne bis in idem
Commission Continues to Struggle with Poland on Rule-of-Law Compliance 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
The controversy between the European Commission and Poland entered into another round in summer 2018. On 2 July 2018, the Commission decided to launch an infringement procedure against Poland regarding the Polish law on the Supreme Court. Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights
Practice: Global Airport Action Days 
20 October 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
This year’s 11th Global Airport Action Days (GAAD) took place from 18 to 22 June 2018, resulting in arrests of more than 140 people in 61 countries. Read more

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EU Eurojust Judicial Cooperation
MONEYVAL: Annual Report for 2017 
20 October 2018
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 30 May 2018, MONEYVAL published its General Activity Report for 2017. Twenty years into its establishment, MONEYVAL keeps its major focus on evaluating its members against both a set of anti-money laundering (AML) standards and Financial Action Task Force (FATF) standards for counter-terrorist financing measures (CFT). Read more

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Council of Europe Money Laundering
OLAF’s New Director-General 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 20 June 2018, the Commission appointed Ville Itälä from Finland as new Director-General of OLAF. He took office on 1 August 2018. Mr. Itälä is the successor to Giovanni Kesslerfrom Italy who was appointed the head of the Italian Customs and Monopoly Agency. Read more

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EU OLAF
Norway and Switzerland Join J-CAT 
20 October 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
In April 2018, Norway and Switzerland were unanimously accepted as members of the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT). Read more

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EU Europol Cybercrime
ECA Criticizes Commission Plans on Loss of EU Money if Rule of Law is not Respected 
20 October 2018 (updated 3 weeks, 6 days ago)
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
In its Opinion 1/2018 of 12 July 2018, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) assessed the Commission’s plans to link the future multiannual financial framework with a EU Member State’s respect for the rule of law. Read more

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EU Protection of Financial Interests
Cooperation in Psychoactive Substance and Precursor Cases: Report Published 
20 October 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
In April 2018, Eurojust published a report analysing the current situation in judicial cooperation in new psychoactive substance (NPS) and precursor cases. Read more

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EU Eurojust
Council Ready to Start Negotiations on Interoperability Legal Framework 
20 October 2018 (updated 3 weeks, 6 days ago)
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
Despite criticism from data protection and fundamental rights organisations, the EU institutions continue to make progress in adopting legislation on the interoperability between EU information systems in the area of justice and home affairs. On behalf of the European Council, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) approved a mandate for negotiations on the proposed two regulations establishing a framework for interoperability on 14 June 2018. Read more

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EU Law Enforcement Cooperation Data Protection
Lowest Level of Counterfeit Euro Banknotes since 2015 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 27 July 2018, the European Central Bank (ECB) published it half-yearly statistics on euro banknote counterfeiting. 301,000 counterfeit euro banknotes were withdrawn from circulation in the first half of 2018. This is the lowest number of withdrawn counterfeit euro banknotes since 2015. Read more

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EU Counterfeiting & Piracy