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New Factsheet on JIT Cooperation 
In June 2020, Eurojust published a new factsheet on Joint Investigations Teams (JITs) cooperation summarizing its operational, legal and financial possibilities to support judicial authorities with the use of JITs. Options for support include, for instance, the JIT Funding Portal, practical guides and model … Read more

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EU Eurojust Counterfeiting & Piracy
VAT Carousel Fraud Unravelled 
In June 2020, an operation in Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Serbia, coordinated by Eurojust and supported by Europol, unravelled a VAT fraud carousel that has caused a loss of approximately €10 M to the Hungarian budget. The organised crime group (OCG) imported … Read more

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Report on the COVID-19 Impact on EU Drug Markets Published 
In late May 2020, Europol and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) published a joint report looking at the impact of COVID-19 on drug markets in the EU. In its key findings, the report underlines the resilience of organised crime … Read more

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European Financial and Economic Crime Centre Launched 
With the aim to enhance the operational support provided to the EU Member States and EU bodies in the fields of financial and economic crime, on 5 June 2020, Europol launched its new European Financial and Economic Crime Centre (EFECC). The EFECC is … Read more

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New Report on Intellectual Property Crime 
On 10 June 2020, Europol and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) published a new report on Intellectual Property (IP) crime and its links to other serious crimes such as pharmaceutical crime, drug trafficking, manslaughter, illegal weapons possession, forced labour, food fraud, excise fraud, … Read more

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EU Europol Organised Crime
Europol: TE-SAT 2020 
31 August 2020
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 23 June 2020, Europol published its new Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT) 2020. It outlines the latest developments with regard to jihadist, ethno-nationalist and separatist, left-wing and anarchist, right-wing, and single-issue terrorism.Unfortunately, the year 2019 has seen a fairly new security … Read more

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EU Europol Terrorism
Capacity-Strengthening in the EU Eastern Neighbourhood 
At the end of June 2020, a four-year-long initiative was kicked off between Europol and six Eastern Partnership countries to fight organised crime. Funded by the European Commission, this Europol-led project will support the law enforcement authorities of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine … Read more

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EU Europol Organised Crime
Major strike at Euro-Counterfeiting Network 
After more than two years of preliminary investigations, law enforcement authorities from Italy, Belgium and France, supported by Europol, dismantled the possibly largest organised crime network involved in euro counterfeiting. Over the years, the criminal network has presumably produced and distributed more than three million … Read more

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EU Europol Organised Crime Counterfeiting & Piracy
Working Arrangement with Kosovo 
On 9 and 10 June 2020, the Management Board of Europol pathed the way for signing a Working Arrangement with the law enforcement authorities of Kosovo to combat serious and organised crime. Under the arrangement, Kosovo will, for instance, establish a central office for cooperation … Read more

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Working Arrangement with Mexico 
On 1 July 2020, a formal Working Arrangement to expand and deepen collaboration between Europol and the Mexican Ministry of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC) was signed. Under the Working Arrangement, a secure system will be introduced to exchange information between the parties so as … Read more

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European Prosecutors Appointed 
31 August 2020
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 27 July 2020, the Council appointed the European prosecutors for the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) of all 22 participating EU Member States. The appointments were delayed since Malta had failed to deliver a sufficient shortlist of its candidates in line with the nomination … Read more

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CJEU – Annual Report 2019 
According to its newly released Annual Report 2019, the highest-ever number of new cases (1905) were brought before the European Court of Justice and the General Court. 1,739 cases were decided by the CJEU in 2019, and 2,500 cases were pending. The average length of … Read more

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German EU Presidency Programme 
Since 1 July 2020, Germany holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU until 31 December 2020. Guided by the motto “Together for Europe’s recovery”, the Presidency’s programme focuses on Europe’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and looks at solutions to create a stronger … Read more

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Commission Presents Three Deliverables of its New Security Strategy 
31 August 2020
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
Alongside with its new Union Security Strategy of 24 July 2020, the Commission has tabled more concrete policy goals in three priority areas:Fight against child sexual abuse;Fight against illicit drugs;Fight against firearms trafficking.The Commission points out that threats in these areas … Read more

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MONEYVAL: Risks and Policies on COVID-19-related Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing 
24 August 2020
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 12 May 2020, MONEYVAL drew attention to a paper issued by the FATF on risks and policy responses in relation to COVID-19-related money laundering (ML) and terrorist financing (TF).Based on information provided to the members of the FATF Global Network on 7 and … Read more

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Council of Europe Money Laundering