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Lowest Level of Counterfeit Euro Banknotes since 2015 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 27 July 2018, the European Central Bank (ECB) published it half-yearly statistics on euro banknote counterfeiting. 301,000 counterfeit euro banknotes were withdrawn from circulation in the first half of 2018. This is the lowest number of withdrawn counterfeit euro banknotes since 2015. Read more

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EU Counterfeiting & Piracy
Commission Registers European Citizens' Initiative “Stop fraud and abuse of EU funds” 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 19 September 2019, the College of Commissioners gave green light for registering of a European Citizens’ Initiative, entitled “STOP FRAUD and abuse of EU FUNDS − by better control of decisions, implementation and penalties.” Read more

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EU Protection of Financial Interests
Practice: Major Hit against Darknet NPS Dealers 
20 October 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
On 28 June 2018, Europol reported that – during a joint operation– the Spanish Guardia Civil and the Austrian Federal Police, supported by Europol, seized 100 different types of new psychoactive substances (NPS) with a market value of €12 million. They confiscated nearly 800,000 doses ... Read more

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Cooperation in Psychoactive Substance and Precursor Cases: Report Published 
20 October 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
In April 2018, Eurojust published a report analysing the current situation in judicial cooperation in new psychoactive substance (NPS) and precursor cases. Read more

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EU Eurojust
Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2018 
20 October 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
In June 2018, Europol published its Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT) for 2018, outlining current trends. Read more

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EU Europol Terrorism
MONEYVAL: Fifth-Round Evaluation Report on Latvia 
20 October 2018
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 23 August 2018, MONEYVAL published its fifth-round evaluation report on Latvia. This evaluation round builds on previous MONEYVAL assessments by strengthening the examination of how effectively Member States prevent and combat ML, terrorism financing (TF), and proliferation. Read more

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Council of Europe Money Laundering
CJEU Blames Hungary for Non-Execution of Croatian EAW for Corruption 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 25 July 2018, the CJEU rendered an important judgment on the obligations of the executing authority in the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) system. Furthermore, the judgment interprets the refusal grounds of Art. 3 No. 2 and Art. 4 No. 3 FD EAW. Read more

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Practice: Successful Cooperation Between OLAF and U.A.E. 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 12 July 2018, OLAF reported that a joint inspection with Dubai customs led to the seizure of a total of 82 tons of counterfeit steel pipes in the port of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Read more

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EU OLAF
Commission Plans to Spend €181 Million on Anti-Fraud from 2021-2027 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 30 May 2018, the Commission proposed the new EU Anti-Fraud Programme. It will replace the current Hercule III Programme which expires in 2020. The new EU Programme is expected to run from 2021 until 2027, which is the next long-term EU budget cycle. Read more

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EU Protection of Financial Interests
Home Affairs Ministers Assess 2014-2017 European Policy Cycle for Organised Crime 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
At its meeting of 4-5 June 2018, the Home Affairs Ministers of the EU Member States took stock of the EU Policy Cycle for organised and serious international crime for the period 2014-2017. They highlighted the multidisciplinary component of the EU Policy Cycle thus far and gave orientation as regards future developments in combating these forms of crime. Read more

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EU Organised Crime
Council Conclusions on Proctection of Victims of Terrorism 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 5 June 2018, the JHA Council adopted conclusions on victims of terrorism. They mainly call for effective cooperation between the authorities and entities responsible for the protection of victims of terrorism in order to facilitate the rapid exchange of information and assistance in the event of a terrorist attack. Read more

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EU Victim Protection
Practice: Online Marketplace for Counterfeit Goods Taken Down 
20 October 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
At the beginning of May 2018, one of the largest European law enforcement operations ever resulted in the shut-down of an illegal online marketplace selling counterfeit goods and pirated content. Read more

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EU Europol Counterfeiting & Piracy
Report on Eurosur Published 
20 October 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
In September 2018, FRA published a report evaluating the impact of the European Border Surveillance System (Eurosur) Regulation on fundamental rights. Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) Data Protection
Report on Freedom of Movement and Related Rights 
20 October 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
In August 2018, FRA published a report providing insight into how national courts approach the provisions relating to Union citizenship and freedom of movement. The report offers an EU-wide, comparative overview of the application of the Free Movement Directive (2004/38/EC) across all EU Member States, based on a review of select case law at the national level. Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
Practice: Operation Silver Axe III 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 11 July 2018, OLAF reported on a major victory in EU law enforcement cooperation: dismantling the smuggling of illegal and counterfeit pesticides in the EU. Read more

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EU OLAF