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Working Arrangement between OLAF and UNHCR 
12 January 2023
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 2 December 2022, OLAF signed an administrative cooperation working arrangement with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). It deals with the exchange of information between the two bodies, cooperation in investigative activities, risk analysis and training. Read more

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CEO and BEC Fraud Dismantled 
12 January 2023
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
At the beginning of December 2022, a Joint Investigation Team made up of authorities from Romania, Italy, and the Ukraine - with the support of Eurojust and Europol - dismantled an organised crime group (OCG) suspected of money laundering and CEO and BEC (Business E-Mail … Read more

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Hit Against Super-Cartel of Drugs Trafficking 
12 January 2023
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
Between 8-19 November 2022, an operation conducted by law enforcement authorities from Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates led to the take-down of a "super-cartel" controlling one third of cocaine trade in Europe. With the support of Europol's … Read more

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EU Europol Organised Crime
Major Hit Against Counterfeiting 
12 January 2023
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
A Europol-coordinated operation to take down websites offering counterfeit goods or involved in online piracy resulted in the takedown of 2526 websites, the disconnection of 32 servers used to distribute and host illegal content for 2294 television channels, and the shutdown of 15 online shops … Read more

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Hit against Poly-Criminal Network 
12 January 2023
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
An action day on 22 November 2022 resulted in the arrest of 44 individuals suspected of belonging to a high-risk criminal network. Criminal organisations had been working together to carry out large-scale poly-criminal activities in and outside the EU, including drug trafficking, money laundering, … Read more

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Takedown of Spoofing Website 
12 January 2023
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
In November 2022, a coordinated action between judicial and law enforcement authorities from ten countries (including several EU Member States and third countries, such as Australia, Canada, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States), supported by Eurojust and Europol, led to the takedown of … Read more

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Training of Justice Professionals in 2021 
10 January 2023
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 22 December 2022, the Commission presented new figures on the training of judicial professionals on EU law in 2021. They show an upward trend for the training of some groups of legal professionals (e.g. lawyers) while others (e.g. judges) have not reached the level of pre-pandemic years. Read more

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CJEU Ruled on Scope and Concepts of Law Enforcement Data Protection Directive 
10 January 2023
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 8 December 2022, the CJEU delivered one of the first comprehensive judgments on the interpretation of Directive 2016/680 which protects personal data in law enforcement activities (“LED”). It also gave important hints on the delineation between the LED and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR – Regulation 2016/679). Read more

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EP Calls for Revision of Current Multiannual Financial Framework 
29 December 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
In a resolution of 15 December 2022, MEPs pushed for a reform of the EU budget to respond more effectively to evolving needs, address funding gaps, increase flexibility and extend the capacity to respond in a crisis. Read more

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Granting EU Candidate Status to Bosnia and Herzegovina 
28 December 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
At the summit of 15 December 2022, the European Council endorsed the decision to grant the status of EU candidate country to Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, before accession negotiations can formally be launched, Bosnia and Herzegovina still has to implement further reforms. This mainly … Read more

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EU Reform of the European Union
AG: Postponement of Surrender in Case of Serious Health Risk 
15 December 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
According to AG Sánchez-Bordona, a serious heath risk to a person subject to surrender by means of a European Arrest Warrant may justify a postponement of surrender, but not a refusal to execute the EAW with no further justification. The executing authority is obliged to communicate with the issuing authority. Read more

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Commission Tabled VAT Reform Package 
15 December 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 8 December 2022, the Commission tabled a comprehensive legislative package for a reform of the EU’s value added tax (VAT) system. The aim is to make the EU more resilient to VAT fraud, improve revenue in VAT, and keep pace with technological advances. Read more

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CJEU: Notification Obligation for Lawyer-Intermediaries under DAC 6 Invalid 
15 December 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 8 December 2022, the CJEU (sitting in for the Grand Chamber) declared a provision of Directive 2011/16 invalid, according to which a lawyer must inform other intermediaries involved in a tax arrangement of his/her duty to report. Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights Tax Evasion
Council Position on Central Pieces of AML Package 
14 December 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 7 December 2022, the Council adopted its position on the Anti-Money Laundering Regulation and the new (sixth) Anti-Money Laundering Directive. The Council wishes, inter alia, to extend the scope of the AML/CFT Regulation, streamline the listing of high-risk third countries, and harmonise beneficial ownership rules. Read more

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EU Money Laundering
EU Budget for 2023 Adopted 
14 December 2022
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
The Council and the European Parliament (on 22 and 23 November 2022, respectively) formally approved the EU budget for 2023. In total, next year's budget amounts to €186.6 billion in commitment appropriations and €168.6 billion in payment appropriations. Read more

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