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European Parliament Discussion on New Europol Regulation 
Following the Commission’s Proposal of 9 December 2020 for a Regulation amending Regulation (EU) 2016/794 (→ eucrim 4/2020, 279), European Parliament rapporteur Javier Zarzalejos (ES, EPP) published a draft report setting out a possible EP position on the Commission proposal on 10 May 2021. … Read more

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Trojan-Encrypted Device Reveals Criminal Activities 
As a result of one of the largest operations against encrypted criminal activities at the beginning of June 2021, 800 suspects were arrested and over $48 million in various worldwide currencies and cryptocurrencies seized. Operation “TF Greenlight/Trojan Shield” was conducted by the US Federal … Read more

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Europol TE-SAT 2021 
On 22 June 2021, Europol published its EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT) 2021, which gives an overview of terrorist attacks and terrorism-related arrests in the EU in 2020. For the TE-SAT reports for previous years, → eucrim 2/2020, 95; eucrim 2/2019, … Read more

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Policing in Cyberspace 
On 25 June 2021, Europol published a spotlight report entitled “The Cyber Blue Line.” It sets out the challenges and issues involved in a growing area of police work dedicated to providing safety and security online. The two authors of the report, Mary … Read more

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VAT Scammers Caught 
An action day against massive VAT fraud in mid-May 2021 resulted in the arrest of 22 suspects. The scam involved using a series of so-called front companies in different EU Member States, with suspects pretending to trade goods that, in reality, actually remained in Spain. … Read more

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Report on the Impact of COVID-19 on Judicial Cooperation 
On 17 May 2021, Eurojust published a report on the impact of COVID-19 on judicial cooperation in criminal matters. It was based on 128 concrete requests sent to Eurojust between April and June 2020 ‒ when lockdowns in many countries created sudden and unexpected practical … Read more

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Next Steps to Set Up EuroMed Judicial Network of Contact Points 
On 27 May 2021, CrimEx members met to discuss the next steps in setting up a EuroMed Judicial Network of Contact Points (EMJNet). CrimEx is a permanent working group composed of judicial experts from Euro-Mediterranean countries. The planned EMJNet shall be composed of practitioners who … Read more

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Supporting Victims of Cybercrime 
On 17 and 18 June 2021, the 10th Plenary Meeting of the European Judicial Cybercrime Network (EJCN) took place to discuss the latest trends in cybercrime and to lend support to victims of malware. The online meeting, which was hosted by Eurojust, focused on approaches … Read more

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Further Cooperation between Eurojust and FRA 
On 24 June 2021, the President of Eurojust, Ladislav Hamran, and the Executive Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Michael O’Flaherty, met to discuss potential areas of cooperation and possible common activities in judicial matters. Topics of cooperation ranged from … Read more

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EU Agencies and Experts Discuss More Effectively Fighting Environmental Crime 
On 6 June 2021, European Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) agencies, European Commission services, and several international organisations and expert bodies met to discuss how to fight environmental crime more effectively. The participation of different agencies and bodies enabled different perspectives to be taken on … Read more

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EDPS Annual Report 2020 
9 July 2021
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On 19 April 2021, Wojciech Wiewiórowski, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), presented his Annual Report 2020. It focuses on the functioning of the EDPS and the challenges if is facing during the pandemic. In the latter context, the EDPS established an internal COVID-19 … Read more

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Commission Recommends Joint Cyber Unit 
9 July 2021
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On 23 June 20201, the Commission presented a recommendation on building a Joint Cyber Unit. Acccording to the Commission, the pandemic has increased the importance of connectivity and shown how important reliable and secure networks/information systems are, especially for entities in the frontline of the … Read more

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Parliament Calls for Tighter EU Cybersecurity Standards for Connected Products and Associated Services 
9 July 2021
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On 10 June 2021, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution on the EU’s Cybersecurity Strategy for the Digital Decade in order to make connected products and associated services secure by design, resilient to cyber incidents, and able to be quickly patched if vulnerabilities are … Read more

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Council Approves General Approach to Fundamental Rights Agency 
9 July 2021
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On 5 June 2020, the Commission submitted to the Council a proposal for a Council regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 168/2007 establishing the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). On 7 June 2021, the Council approved a general approach to the new legislation, which … Read more

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Parliament Adopts Resolution on Commission’s 2020 Rule of Law Report 
9 July 2021
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On 24 June 2021, the European Parliament (EP) adopted its Resolution on the Commission’s 2020 Rule of Law Report. For the report → eucrim 3/2020, 358-359.MEPs welcomed the Commission’s first annual Rule of Law Report and encouraged its continuation in order to … Read more

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Rule-of-Law Developments in Other EU Countries 
8 July 2021
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This news items summarises the main recent developments regarding the rule of law in EU countries other than Poland and Hungary. Read more

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