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OLAF Recommended Recovery of €19.5 Million Fraudulently Acquiried in Water Projects 
2 December 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
In November 2022, OLAF concluded investigations into fraud and irregularities in relation to several water infrastructure and wastewater modernisation projects. Two cases played in Bulgaria, one in Romania, and one in Hungary. In total, OLAF recommended the recovery of over €19.5 million. Read more

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OLAF Revealed Irregularities in Hungarian Waste Management Project 
2 December 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
In November 2022, OLAF closed investigations into an EU-funded waste management project in Hungary. OLAF recommended that the European Commission recover almost €11 million spent from the EU’s budget. The EU supported the establishment of a plant to produce compostable waste in an efficient … Read more

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Operation OPSON XI: Almost 15 Million Litres of Illicit Beverages Pulled Off the Shelves 
2 December 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
During the operation OPSON XI targeting food fraud almost 15 million litres of beverages (including alcohol and wine) and almost 27,000 tonnes of fake food were seized. The results of the operation were reported by OLAF and Europol on 17 November 2022. Read more

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Working Arrangement between EPPO and Prosecution Office of North Macedonia 
30 November 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 24 October 2022, a working arrangement between the EPPO and the State Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of North Macedonia was signed. aims at facilitating judicial cooperation in criminal matters and the exchange of information when it comes to the prosecution of crimes against the EU budget. Read more

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Frontex Reacted to OLAF Report 
30 November 2022
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
After media leaks of an OLAF report on misconducts in relation to Frontex's operational activities, the Agency reacted on 14 October 2022, clarifying the state of play of remedial measures. Read more

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2021 Report of the Consultative Forum on Fundamental Rights 
30 November 2022
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
On 17 October 2022, the Frontex Consultative Forum on Fundamental Rights published the annual report for the year 2021. The report outlines the main observations and recommendations that the Forum raised throughout the year with Frontex to strengthen fundamental rights protection in Frontex activities. Read more

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Policing in the Metaverse 
30 November 2022
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
A Europol report entitled "Policing in the metaverse: what law enforcement needs to know" explains the potential of criminal activities within the metaverse and the potential for law enforcement to make use of the metaverse and its related technology. Read more

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Frontex Discharge for 2020 in Limbo 
30 November 2022
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
Despite efforts to address criticism of its activities, financial and personal management, and transparency policy, Frontex was unable to convince MEPs to take a favourable discharge decision on Frontex's 2020 accounts. MEPs refused the discharge on 18 October 2022, arguing, inter alia, that there are still structural problems which must be solved. Read more

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CEPEJ: 2022 Report on European Judicial Systems 
29 November 2022
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 5 October 2022, CEPEJ published its ninth biennial evaluation report on the efficiency and quality of justice in Europe. The report is based on data from 2020 on the major trends in the judicial systems of 44 CoE Member States (Liechtenstein and San Marino … Read more

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Moneyval: Fifth Round Evaluation Report on Liechtenstein 
29 November 2022
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 29 June 2022, MONEYVAL published its fifth round evaluation report on Liechtenstein. The fifth evaluation round builds on previous MONEYVAL assessments by strengthening the examination of how effectively Member States prevent and combat money laundering (ML) and terrorism financing (TF).MONEYVAL acknowledges for Liechtenstein … Read more

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Russian Federation Ceased to Be a Party to the ECHR 
29 November 2022
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 16 September 2022, in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2022)2 on cessation of the membership of the Russian Federation to the CoE (adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 16 March 2022) and pursuant to the Resolution on the consequences of the cessation of membership of … Read more

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ECtHR: First Female President Elected 
29 November 2022
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 19 September 2022, the Irish judge Síofra O'Leary was elected as the new President of the ECtHR, the first woman to hold this position. Judge O’Leary, who succeeds Robert Spano (Iceland), took up office on 1 November 2022. O’Leary holds a PhD from the … Read more

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Eurojust Publishes Report on Money Laundering 
25 November 2022
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
On 20 October 2022, Eurojust published its first Report on Money Laundering. The report, which aims to support national authorities, presents a structured overview of the legal and practical issues arising from the investigation and prosecution of cross-border money laundering cases. Read more

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New Representative for Denmark 
25 November 2022 (updated 6 days, 21 hours ago)
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
In October 2022, Mr Torben Thygesen was appointed Eurojust Representative for Denmark. Prior to joining Eurojust, Mr Thygesen served as Deputy State Prosecutor and Chief Prosecutor in different sections of the Danish prosecution service. He has a wealth of working experience in tackling serious and … Read more

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EU Reactions to Russian War in Ukraine: Overview July – October 2022 
24 November 2022
Anna Pingen Anna Pingen / 2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
This news item continues the reporting on key EU reactions following the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, as far as the impact of the invasion on the EU’s internal security policy, criminal law and the protection of the EU’s financial interests are concerned. The following overview covers the period from the end of July 2022 to the end of October 2022. Read more

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