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Commission Implementation Report on Access to Lawyer Directive 
12 January 2020 (updated 5 days, 19 hours ago)
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On 27 September 2019, the European Commission published its implementation report on Directive 2013/48/EU on the right of access to a lawyer. The Directive is one of the six EU procedural rights directives that aim to harmonise safeguards of suspected or accused persons in criminal … Read more

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Regulation on Removal of Internet Content Promoting Terrorism – State of Play 
12 January 2020 (updated 6 days, 19 hours ago)
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On 24 September 2019, the European Parliament’s LIBE committee backed the position, as agreed by the plenary before May’s European elections, on the proposed Regulation seeking prevention of the dissemination of online content promoting terrorism (for the EP’s resolution of 17 April 2019, see … Read more

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EP: Plans to Set up a Subcommittee on Tax and Financial Crime 
12 January 2020
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In September 2019, the coordinators of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) in the European Parliament officially decided to create a permanent subcommittee on tax and financial crime. The initiative was mainly propelled by the Greens/EFL Group, which feels that the new subcommittee is … Read more

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Commission: Benefits of Administrative Cooperation in Direct Taxation Unclear 
12 January 2020
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On 12 September 2019, the Commission presented its first evaluation report on Directive 2011/16/EU regarding administrative cooperation in the field of taxation. The Directive lays down rules and procedures for the cross-border exchange of tax information between the national tax administrations. The Directive has been … Read more

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EU Protection of Financial Interests Tax Evasion
MEPs Concerned about Member States’ Implementation of EU’s AML Legislation 
12 January 2020 (updated 6 days, 19 hours ago)
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On 19 September 2019, MEPs adopted a resolution on the state of implementation of the Union’s anti-money laundering legislation. MEPs expressed serious concerns about the lack of implementation of the 4th AML Directive by a large number of Member States and about the fact … Read more

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Council Discusses Way Forward in Prevention of and Fight Against Corruption 
12 January 2020
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At the JHA Council meeting in Luxembourg on 7 October 2019, the justice ministers of the EU Member States held a debate on EU action against corruption. Points of discussion were:Additional action at the EU level to ensure a coordinated, comprehensive and coherent … Read more

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Council Advances Legislation Against VAT Fraud in E-Commerce 
12 January 2020
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On 8 November 2019, the ECOFIN Council reached a political agreement on future EU legislation that would make VAT-relevant data in e-commerce trade available to anti-fraud authorities. The new rules will oblige payment service providers to keep records of cross-border payments related to e-commerce. These … Read more

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Plans for Europol-New Zealand Operational Agreement 
11 January 2020 (updated 6 days, 19 hours ago)
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Together with its 20th progress report towards an effective and genuine Security Union, the European Commission addressed a recommendation to the Council to authorise the opening of negotiations for an EU-New Zealand agreement. The initiative aims to allow Europol and New Zealand law enforcement … Read more

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State of Play of EPPO Implementation 
11 January 2020
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The Commission informed the justice ministers of the EU Member States on the state of play in implementation of the EPPO Regulation at the JHA Council meeting on 7 October 2019. European Prosecutors who were nominated by the participating Member States were heard by the … Read more

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Ms Kövesi Appointed European Chief Prosecutor 
11 January 2020
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After the decision by the Conference of Presidents (EP President David Sassoli and political group leaders) on 17 October 2019, Ms Laura Codruţa Kövesi is the first European Chief Prosecutor. She can now start her seven-year mandate. The Council endorsed the nomination on 14 October … Read more

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Conference Highlights Need for Strong AFCOS in Candidate Countries 
11 January 2020
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Governments must “give law enforcement and public administration the tools they need to detect and to prosecute fraudsters,” said OLAF Director-General Ville Itälä at the annual conference of Anti-Fraud Coordination Services (AFCOS) in reference to EU candidate and potential candidate countries. The conference was … Read more

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Spanish Supreme Court Backs OLAF’s Findings on Tuna Customs Fraud 
11 January 2020
Christine Götz
On 6 August 2019, OLAF reported that the Spanish Supreme Court confirmed the findings of OLAF investigations on evaded customs duties with regard to tuna imports from El Salvador. OLAF had investigated allegations of irregularities in tuna exports from El Salvador into the European Union, … Read more

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OLAF Report 2018 
11 January 2020 (updated 6 days, 19 hours ago)
Christine Götz
On 3 September 2019, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) released its annual report for 2018. The key figures for 2018 are:OLAF concluded 167 investigations;OLAF issued 256 recommendations to the relevant national and EU authorities;As a result of the investigations concluded in … Read more

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