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Operation MISMED 2 
At the beginning of March 2019, Europol reported that operation MISMED 2 resulted in the seizure of illegally trafficked medicines worth more than €165 million, 435 arrests, and the disruption of 24 organised crime groups. The international operation (carried out between April and October 2018) ... Read more

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EU Europol
FinCEN Liaison Officer at Europol 
On 21 February 2019, representatives of Europol and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)of the United States Department of the Treasury met to discuss possibilities for further cooperation, especially with regard to the exchange of financial information. The agencies agreed on the deployment of ... Read more

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EU Europol
Cooperation with Perseuss 
On 28 February 2019, Europol signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Perseuss to enhance their efforts to combat online fraud. Perseuss is a global platform based on fraud records of merchants from across the globe who aim to share fraud intelligence. Europol and Perseuss have ... Read more

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EU Europol
EU Law Enforcement Emergency Response Protocol 
In order to provide law enforcement authorities in the EU with a tool for immediate response to major cross-border cyber-attacks, the Council of the EU adopted an EU Law Enforcement Emergency Response Protocol. The Protocol, on which Europol reported in March 2019, is part ... Read more

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EU Europol Cybercrime Law Enforcement Cooperation
New Advocate General 
On 5 February 2019, Mr Priit Pikamäe started his new term of office as Advocate General at the European Court of Justice. Mr Pikamäe has held various positions in the Estonian judiciary, most recently as President of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court (2010-2013). ... Read more

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Illegal Border Crossings in 2018 
In 2018, the number of illegal border-crossings at Europe’s external borders − at an estimated 150,000 − was at its lowest in five years. This drop was caused mainly by the Central Mediterranean route to Italy seeing the lowest number of irregular entries since 2012. ... Read more

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EU Frontex
Eurojust Meeting Report on European Investigation Order 
19 April 2019 (updated 3 months ago)
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
Eurojust published a report about a two-day meeting on the European Investigation Order (EIO) attended by prosecutors from the EU Member States as well as representatives from EU institutions and academia at Eurojust’s premises in the Hague from 19-20 September 2018. The meeting provided a ... Read more

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Second EuroMed Forum 
From 30-31 January 2019, Prosecutors General from Europe and Mediterranean countries took part in the second EuroMED Forum of Prosecutors hosted by Eurojust in The Hague. This year’s Forum dealt with issues such as the fight against terrorism and organised crime as well as personal ... Read more

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Eurojust/Europol Report on Encryption 
On 11 January 2019, Eurojust and Europol published their first joint report on encryption offering an overview of the state of play in this area. Encryption is defined as the process of converting data, such as messages or pieces of information, in a way that ... Read more

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EU Europol Eurojust
Report on Asset Recovery Casework 
In February 2019, Eurojust published a report on its casework in asset recovery with the following overview:The main legal and practical issues encountered by Eurojust in its asset recovery casework;The support provided by Eurojust during the asset recovery process;The main judicial cooperation ... Read more

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Manipulated Tennis Competitions 
At the beginning of January 2019, an operation against an organised criminal group suspected of manipulating professional tennis competitions led to the arrest of 83 suspects, 28 of them professional players. Professional players had been bribed to guarantee predetermined results. Members of the OCG then ... Read more

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EU Europol
EMPACT 2018 Results and 2019 Operational Action Plan on Financial Crime 
In December 2018, the European multidisciplinary platform against criminal threats (EMPACT) published its results for the year 2018, stating that 1026 investigations had been initiated with over €1.4 million seized in cash during the EMPACT Joint Action days. Furthermore, 1137 suspects were arrested and ... Read more

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EU Europol Organised Crime
Commission Wants Mandate to Negotiate International Rules on E-Evidence 
19 April 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 5 February 2019, the Commission presented two recommendations to the Council that would allow the Commission to negotiate international rules for obtaining electronic evidence. The first recommendation relates to a possible “executive agreement” with the U.S. within the framework of the U.S. CLOUD Act ... Read more

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EU Law Enforcement Cooperation
Council Conclusions on Customs Risk Management 
19 April 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
At the meeting on 8 January 2019, the Council (General Affairs) approved conclusions on the Commission’s second progress report on the Implementation of the EU Strategy and Action Plan for Customs Risk Management. The Council, inter alia, welcomed the participation of customs administrations ... Read more

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EU Customs Cooperation
EP Study: Possible EU Action Against Misuse of Interpol Red Notice System 
19 April 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
In February 2019, the European Parliament published a study that examined abuse by some states of Interpol’s notice system to persecute national human rights defenders, civil society activists, and critical journalists in violation of international standards of human rights. The study, entitled “Misuse of Interpol’s ... Read more

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EU Police Cooperation