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GRECO: Ad hoc Report on Slovenia 
On 18 February 2020 GRECO published an ad hoc report under Rule 34 on Slovenia. During its 83rd General Assembly (21 June 2019), GRECO was alerted to possible political interference by the legislative branch in relation to public officials, prosecutors, and judges in Slovenia … Read more

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Council of Europe Corruption
GRECO: Fifth Round Evaluation Report on Croatia 
On 24 March 2020 GRECO published its fifth round evaluation report on Croatia. GRECO recognises the available anti-corruption tools but calls for improvements in legislation and practice. Among the key challenges, integrity standards should also apply to persons working for the government in an … Read more

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Council of Europe Corruption
GRECO: Fifth Round Evaluation Report on Belgium 
On 23 January 2020, GRECO published its fifth round evaluation report on Belgium. The lack of an integrity policy or ethical framework for ministers and staff members of their private offices emerged as the most striking problem. There are few regulations on incompatibilities and … Read more

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Council of Europe Corruption
GRECO: Fifth Round Evaluation Report on France 
On 9 January 2020, GRECO published its fifth round evaluation report on France. 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 focuses particularly on such issues as … Read more

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Council of Europe Corruption
ECA Examined Costs and Cost Savings in EU’s Cohesion Policy Funds 
4 June 2020
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On 16 April 2020, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) published the results of an audit on implementation of the EU's Cohesion Policy Funds (Special Report No 07/2020). There are, however, deficiencies in the completeness, coherence, and consistency of the collected data. Read more

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EU Protection of Financial Interests
EU Condemns Malicious Cyber Activities in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic 
4 June 2020
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In a declaration of 30 April 2020, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borell, condemned malicious cyber activities targeting essential operators in Member States and their international partners, including those in the healthcare sector. Read more

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EU Corona Cybercrime
EPPO: Nomination of College Delayed, Budget Increase 
4 June 2020
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The compilation of the College of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office has been delayed. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the selection panel could not meet in March 2020; therefore, the appointment of recently nominated European Prosecutors had to be postponed. Initially, it was envisaged that … Read more

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EU European Public Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO)
OLAF Investigations against MEPs 
4 June 2020
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On 30 April 2020, OLAF informed the public that it had successfully concluded two internal investigations against MEPs and their staff. The investigations were launched in 2017/2018 after allegations that money from salaries was being transferred to the national political parties. This is not allowed under the rules of the EP. Read more

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Italy: Successful Strike against Tobacco Smuggling 
4 June 2020
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Italy’s Guardia di Finanza successfully broke up a tobacco smuggling ring in May 2020. After OLAF’s tip-off, the Italian authorities raided the port of Salerno and led an investigation against 69 persons. They uncovered two consignments of smuggled tobacco that were being shipped from the … Read more

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EU OLAF
OLAF Unveils Fraud Committted by Greek Researcher 
4 June 2020
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On 5 May 2020, OLAF reported the successful discovery of a fraud scheme set up by a Greek researcher. The researcher pretended to involve over 40 international researchers in a research project funded by the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) with a grant … Read more

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EU OLAF Protection of Financial Interests
OLAF: Fraud Detected in Environmental Research 
4 June 2020
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OLAF investigations dismantled a fraud scheme by a consortium that had received EU money to carry out environmental research. Apparently, the beneficiaries had neither the capacity nor the intention to carry out the environmental research project. Instead, the major share of the EU grant (€400,000) was pumped into a casino/hotel in Cyprus. Read more

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EU OLAF Protection of Financial Interests
OLAF’s Work in Times of Crisis 
4 June 2020
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On 7 April 2020, OLAF informed the public that it is still fully operational and committed to fighting fraud during the Coronavirus crisis. Read more

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EU Corona OLAF
OLAF and WCO Step Up Cooperation 
4 June 2020
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In April 2020, OLAF and the World Customs Organization (WCO) improved the sharing of information. Both anti-fraud bodies interconnected their databases with regard to tobacco smuggling. Read more

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EU OLAF
Commission Fights Spread of Disinformation about COVID-19 Pandemic 
4 June 2020
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The Commission has undertaken steps to fight disinformation related to the outbreak of COVID-19 . On 30 March 2020, the Commission launched a new website that provides material and information on fact checks. Read more

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EU Security Union Corona
EP Resolution on COViD-19 Pandemic and its Consequences 
4 June 2020
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On 17 April 2020, the EP adopted a resolution that deals with a wide range of topics on how the EU can overcome the current COVID-19 pandemic and what the follow-up could look like. Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights Corona
CoE Report: Policing Regarding Hate Speech and Racism in Germany 
4 June 2020
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On 17 March 2020, the European Commission on Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published a report on Germany. The report focuses on (1) effective equality and access to rights; (2) hate speech and hate-motivated violence; (3) integration and inclusion. Read more

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Council of Europe Human Rights Issues