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EDPB Guidelines on Corona Apps 
On 21 April 2020, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) adopted guidelines on the use of location data and contact tracing tools in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. With regard to location data, the EDPB guidelines underline the necessity to respect the regulations … Read more

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Commission Website on Digital Response to Corona 
The European Commission published a new subsite on its website, giving information on the various digital measures that have been established in response to the COVID-19 crisis, including:Mobile data and apps;The creation of European supercomputing centres;The use of artificial intelligence; The collection … Read more

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EDPS and FRA Revise Memorandum of Understanding 
On 22 June 2020, the EDPS and the FRA signed a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) replacing the first one of 30 March 2017. The revised MoU additionally allows for the establishment of single contact points within the FRA and the EDPS to coordinate their … Read more

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GDPR Review Published 
On 24 June 2020, the European Commission published a review of its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), assessing the application of the Regulation after its entry into force in 2018. In total, the Commission draws a positive evaluation, emphasizing the GDPR’s contribution to the rights … Read more

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EDPS Strategy 2020-2024 
On 30 June 2020, the EDPS presented its new Strategy for the years 2020-2024. Under the title “Shaping a Safer Digital Future: a new Strategy for a new decade”, the new Strategy sets out how the EDPS is going to carry out its statutory … Read more

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Commission: EU PNR Directive Delivered Tangible Results 
31 August 2020
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On 24 July 2020, the Commission presented its review of Directive (EU) 2016/681 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation, and prosecution of terrorist offences and … Read more

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European Council Agrees on Future EU Budget – EP’s Criticism 
31 August 2020
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On 21 July 2020, the Heads of State and Government found a compromise on the 2021-2027 Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) and the extraordinary recovery budget destined to tackle the effects of the unprecedented coronavirus crisis. The EU leaders decided to support a budget of €1,074 … Read more

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FRA: Fundamental Rights Report 2020 
On 11 June 2020, FRA published its Fundamental Rights Report 2020. In nine chapters, it reviews the main developments of 2019 regarding:Equality and non-discrimination; Racism, xenophobia and related intolerance; Roma equality and inclusion;Asylum, visa, migration, borders, and integration;Information society, privacy and … Read more

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FRA Paper on People’s Security Concerns 
On 22 July 2020, FRA published a paper presenting people’s concerns and experiences relating to security. For this survey, approximately 35,000 persons aged 16 years and older were interviewed in all EU Member States, plus North Macedonia and the United Kingdom.Looking at the … Read more

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Practical Guidance on Border Controls 
At the end of July 2020, FRA published a practical guidance looking at border controls and fundamental rights at external land borders. The guidance aims at supporting border-management staff in the EU Member States in implementing the fundamental rights safeguards of the Schengen Borders Code … Read more

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Frontex and FRA Sign Agreement to Establish Fundamental Rights Monitors 
On 10 June 2020, Frontex and FRA signed a Service-Level Agreement to establish a team of about 40 fundamental rights monitors. They shall make sure that all operational activities are in line with the fundamental rights framework, are to monitor all types of operations and … Read more

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Operation in Montenegro Launched 
On 15 July 2020, Frontex launched an operation in Montenegro so as to tackle cross-border crime, including migrant smuggling, trafficking in human beings, document fraud, stolen vehicles and boats, smuggling of drugs and weapons, and terrorism. Measures include, for instance, the deployment of officers to … Read more

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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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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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