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Eurojust Assesses its Cooperation with Serbia 
20 September 2021
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
Since the appointment of the first liaison officer from Serbia at Eurojust (Ms Gordana Janicijevic) in March 2020, the number of cases with Serbian involvement at Eurojust has increased considerably. Eurojust registered 65 new cases originating in or concerning Serbia in its first year, … Read more

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Third Report of the Observatory Function on Encryption 
20 September 2021
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
On 2 July 2021, Eurojust published its Third Joint Report of the Observatory Function on Encryption. The report deals mainly with the following issues: Legal aspects of handling encryption in criminal investigations; Overview of legal frameworks in the Member States relating to encryption, including … Read more

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Eurojust Guidelines on How to Prosecute Investment Fraud 
20 September 2021
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
To combat the rising number of investment fraud cases, Eurojust (supported by Europol) has issued guidelines for prosecutors on how to prosecute investment fraud. The guidelines, presented on 5 July 2021, are divided into four parts:Information on the phenomenon of investment fraud;Challenges linked … Read more

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Pyramid Fraud Scheme Dismantled 
20 September 2021
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
An action day conducted by Italian authorities and supported by Eurojust as well as Bulgarian, French, and Swedish authorities brought a long-standing fraud scheme to an end. Using a pyramid system, fake websites, and shell companies, perpetrators evaded an estimated €120 million in taxes and … Read more

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Eurojust Updates its EAW Report 
20 September 2021
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
On 6 July 2021, Eurojust published an update of the report on its casework in the field of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW), analysing the application of the Framework Decision on the EAW in the EU Member States from 2017 to 2020. Based on … Read more

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Takedown of DoubleVPN 
20 September 2021
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
At the end of June 2021, law enforcement and judicial authorities from Europe, the United States, and Canada, together with Europol and Eurojust, took down the web domains and server infrastructure of DoubleVPN, a virtual private network service used to compromise networks all around … Read more

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VAT Fraud with Mobile Phones Dismantled 
20 September 2021
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
At the beginning of July 2021, an operation conducted by the Hungarian National Tax and Customs Administration (NTCA) and supported by Europol led to the seizure of assets worth €14.2 million as well as14 arrests. The respective organised crime group had used non-existing traders to … Read more

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Five Years of No More Ransom 
20 September 2021
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
Since 2016, the descriptors available in the No More Ransom repository (→eucrim news of 10 September 2019) have succeeded in helping more than six million people recover their files for free and prevented criminals from earning almost a billion euros through ransomware attacks. Today, No … Read more

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Europol Reform: Council Mandate for Negotiations Adopted 
20 September 2021
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
In the legislative process surrounding the proposal for a Regulation amending Regulation (EU) 2016/794 on Europol, the following is especially expected to change:Rules on Europol’s cooperation with private parties;The processing of personal data by the agency in support of criminal investigations;Its role … Read more

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New Judges and Advocates General Appointed 
20 September 2021
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
On 7 July 2021, representatives of the governments of the EU Member States appointed two judges and two advocates general to the European Court of Justice. All four terms of office end on 6 October 2027.For the Court of Justice, Ms Küllike Jürimäe … Read more

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AML Package IV: EU Traceability of Funds Legislation to Be Extended to Crypto-Assets 
5 August 2021
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
The Commission proposed a recast of Regulation 2015/847 dealing with the traceability of funds. The scope of the Regulation should be extended to transfers of crypto-assets, thus making EU legislation compliant with recommendations of the FATF. Read more

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AML Package III: 6th AML Directive Proposed 
5 August 2021
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 20 July 2021, the Commission presented its proposal for a sixth Directive on money laundering and terrorist financing (AMLD 6), which will replace the existing Directive 2015/849. Together with the accompanied proposals on a Regulation on money laundering/terrorist financing and on the recast of Regulation 2015/847, the AMLD 6 will form the EU single rulebook on AML/CFT as announced as one of the objectives in the Action Plan of 7 May 2020. Read more

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Commission Presents AML/CFT Reform Proposals 
5 August 2021
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 20 July 2021, the Commission presented an ambitious package of legislative proposals that are designed to overhaul the EU’s anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) rules. The package includes the creation of a new EU AML/CFT authority, an EU single rulebook for AML/CFT, and the full application of the EU AML/CFT rules to crypto-currencies. Read more

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EAW e-Learning Course: Implementing EAW and Promoting Human Rights 
4 August 2021
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
Partners of the AWARE network developed an e-learning course on “Implementing the European Arrest Warrant (EAW): Promoting Human Rights”. The course is designed for judges and prosecutors (estimated duration: 5h). A circumscribed version is aimed at judicial practitioners, including lawyers, NGOs, academia and researchers … Read more

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