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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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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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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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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
ECtHR: New Factsheet on Protection of Property 
8 August 2022
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 27 June 2022, the ECtHR issued a new factsheet on protection of property with an overview of its case law in this context. The ECHR enshrines the principle of the peaceful enjoyment of one’s property and makes its deprivation conditional, providing protection against unjustified … Read more

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Council of Europe European Court of Human Rights
Europol TE-SAT 2022 
On 13 July 2022, Europol published its EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT) 2022. The report gives an overview of terrorism in Europe in 2021, analyses the situation regarding Jihadist, right-wing/left-wing and anarchist terrorism as well as ethno-nationalist and separatist terrorism, and provides for an outlook on potential developments. Read more

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15 Member States Have Not Transposed Whistleblower’s Directive – Infringement Proceedings Continue 
6 August 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 15 July 2022, the European Commission informed the public that it proceeded with infringement proceedings against 15 EU Member States for not having transposed the Directive on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law (the “EU Whistleblower’s Directive”). The deadline for transposition ended in December 2021. Read more

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EU Victim Protection
New Surveys on Citizens’ and Businesses’ Perception of Corruption in the EU 
6 August 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 13 July 2022, the European Commission published two Eurobarometer surveys showing the public’s opinion on corruption in the EU. The surveys are important sources of information for the European Commission to further develop EU legislation and actions against corruption. Read more

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EU Corruption
EP Pleads for Strong Safeguards in Future EU-Interpol Agreement 
6 August 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
According to MEPs, the final international agreement between the EU and Interpol must take robust measures to guarantee compliance with the principles relating to the processing of personal data, as set out in the EU data protection acquis, and the accuracy of personal data received in the context of this cooperation. Read more

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CJEU: Dutch Appeal System in Line with FD 2005/214 
5 August 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 7 April 2022, the CJEU decided on the compatibility of the Dutch procedure to impose fines in respect of a criminal offence with Framework Decision (FD) 2005/214 on the application of the principle of mutual recognition to financial penalties. Read more

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EU Financial Penalties