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Commission Steps Forward to Tackle Illegal Content Online 
6 June 2018
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At a meeting between five Commissioners and representatives of online platforms on 9 January 2018, the Commission analysed the bulk of EU measures in tackling the spread of illegal content online. The meeting was designed to discuss progress made on this topic. It also fostered ... Read more

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EU Racism and Xenophobia
Application of Code of Conduct Countering Illegal Hate Speech Online Positive 
6 June 2018
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On 19 January 2018, the Commission released the results of the third evaluation of the Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate speech. The overall assessment is rather positive since, on average, IT companies removed 70% of all illegal hate speech notified to them ... Read more

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EU Racism and Xenophobia
Public Consultation to Establish First Worldwide “Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List” 
6 June 2018 (updated 8 months, 2 weeks ago)
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On 31 January 2018, the European Commission launched a survey that seeks input from stakeholders to identify online and physical marketplaces outside the EU where counterfeiting, piracy, or other forms of intellectual property abuse are common practice. The results of the stakeholder consultation are to ... Read more

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EU Legislation Counterfeiting & Piracy
JHA Council Adopts General Approach on New Law Combating Non-Cash Payment Fraud 
6 June 2018
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At its meeting on 9 March 2018, the Justice Ministers of the EU Member States endorsed a general approach on new legislation regarding the fight against fraud and counterfeiting of non-cash means of payment. The proposal for a directive was tabled by the Commission on ... Read more

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EU Non-Cash Means of Payment
Council Softens EU List of Tax Haven Countries 
6 June 2018 (updated 8 months, 2 weeks ago)
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At its meeting on 23 January 2018, the Economic and Financial Council removed eight jurisdictions from the EU’s list of non-cooperative countries for tax purposes. The removal ensued because of commitments at a high political level that address certain EU concerns. The eight jurisdictions ... Read more

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EU Money Laundering Tax Evasion
EU and Norway Foster Administrative Cooperation to Combat VAT Fraud 
6 June 2018 (updated 8 months, 2 weeks ago)
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On 6 February 2018, the Council and Norway signed an agreement designed to strengthen administrative cooperation in order to combat fraud and recover claims in the field of VAT.The main objective is to close a gap in control of the VAT chains used by ... Read more

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EU Tax Evasion
Chairs of New TAX3 Special Committee 
6 June 2018 (updated 8 months, 2 weeks ago)
Alexander Oppers
On 22 March 2018, the new special committee on financial crimes, tax evasion, and tax avoidance (TAX3) held its first meeting at which it appointed a Chair and four Vice Chairs.- Through acclamation, Petr Ježek (CZ, ALDE), former co-rapporteur for the PANA Committee, became the ... Read more

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EU Tax Evasion
Next Round in the Fight against Financial Crime, Tax Evasion, and Tax Avoidance 
6 June 2018 (updated 8 months, 2 weeks ago)
Alexander Oppers
On 1 March 2018, MEPs decided to set up a new special committee for financial crime, tax evasion, and tax avoidance (TAX3).The objective is to continue the work of the TAXE 1 and TAXE 2 special committees (as decided by the European Parliament on ... Read more

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EU Tax Evasion
MEPs Disagree on Blacklisting of “High-Risk Countries” 
6 June 2018
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In mid-December 2017 − in line with its custom of following the lead of the international Financial Action Task Force (FATF) − the Commission decided to include Tunisia, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad & Tobago to its blacklist, sparking controversy within the EP. On 7 February 2018, MEPs ... Read more

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EU Money Laundering
Trilogue Negotiations on Planned Directive to Counter Money Laundering by Means of Criminal Law 
6 June 2018
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On 17 January 2018, the European Parliament paved the way for the start of trilogue negotiations between MEPs, the Council, and the Commission as regards the legislative proposal for a directive on countering money laundering by means of criminal law. The mandate for MEPs was ... Read more

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EU Money Laundering
New “Microfinancing” Approach to Combat Terrorist Financing 
6 June 2018
Alexander Oppers
On 1 March 2018, MEPs adopted recommendations (by 533 votes to 24, with 43 abstentions) on how to deal with terrorist financing. They were submitted to the Council, the Commission, and the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and ... Read more

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EU Money Laundering
Country Factsheets on Attitudes towards Corruption 
6 June 2018
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On 20 February 2017, the European Commission published country-specific factsheets to supplement the latest Eurobarometer surveys (nos. 457 and 470) on public attitudes towards corruption. The factsheets contain breakdowns of key results by Member State, comparing them with results from previous surveys as well as ... Read more

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EU Corruption
Malta to Join EPPO? 
6 June 2018
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At the JHA Council meeting on 9 March 2018, Malta expressed interest in joining the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. Malta is the second EU Member State that may join the new EU scheme designed to effectively combat EU fraud, after 20 EU Member States ... Read more

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EU European Public Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO)
EPPO – First Implementation Measures Launched 
6 June 2018
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On 23 February 2018, the Bulgarian Council Presidency released information about the state of play regarding preparations for implementing the EU Regulation of October 2017 establishing the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. The following preparatory measures so far are the most notable:Appointment of the ... Read more

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EU European Public Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO)
EPPO – Implementation Phase Started 
6 June 2018
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At their informal meeting in Sofia on 26 January 2018, the Ministers for Justice discussed the next steps in successful implementation of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO). After having finalised the legal framework in October 2017 (see eucrim 3/2017, pp. 102-104), it ... Read more

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EU European Public Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO)
OLAF and Guardia di Finanza Detect Large-Scale Fraud in the EU’s Research and Innovation Fund 
6 June 2018
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On 16 February 2018, OLAF reported a successful strike against an intricate fraud scheme that siphoned off more than €1.4 million from the EU’s Research and Innovation fund. An Italian-led consortium set up the fraud scheme, with alleged partners in France, Romania, and ... Read more

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