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Hungary: Update on Recent Rule-of-Law Developments 
26 April 2021 (updated 1 week, 6 days ago)
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This news item outlines the main rule-of-law developments in Hungary related to Union law. It continues the ongoing overview provided in previous eucrim issues. Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights
Poland: Continued Update on Rule-of-Law Developments 
26 April 2021 (updated 1 week, 6 days ago)
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
This news item continues the last update provided in December 2020 on the rule-of-law situation in Poland as far as it relates to European law. Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights
Plans to Regulate AI Technology Enabling Biometric Mass Surveillance under Fire 
26 April 2021
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
In an open letter to the Commission, civil society organisations call on the Commission to take a clear stance in favour of a ban to admit biometric mass surveillance technologies in the EU. Read more

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EU Artificial Intelligence (AI) Legislation
CJEU: Convictions of Third Countries Executed in EU Member States Can Be Subject of an EAW 
12 April 2021
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
The CJEU decided on 17 March 2021 that, under certain circumstances, also convictions from third countries (here: Norway) may be subject to an EAW of an EU Member State which recognised the criminal judgment. Read more

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EU European Arrest Warrant Transfer of Sentenced Persons
Council Adopts Amendments to Administrative Tax Cooperation Directive 
12 April 2021
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 22 March 2021, the Council adopted amendments to Directive 2011/16/EU on administrative cooperation in the field of taxation. The amendments aim at improving administrative tax cooperation and countering tax fraud/tax evasion. Read more

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EU Tax Evasion
OLAF Supports Successful Raids against Counterfeiters 
12 April 2021
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 30 March 2021, OLAF informed the public about successful raids in Belgium and Germany against counterfeiters. Supported by OLAF, a raid in a warehouse in Antwerp, Belgium brought to light hundreds of counterfeit sports shoes and textiles with premium labels. Over €25,000 in cash … Read more

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EU OLAF Counterfeiting & Piracy
EU-LISA Input in Research and Innovation Funding for IT Systems in AFSJ 
12 April 2021
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 16 March 2021, the Commission (DG Home) and eu-LISA, (the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice) agreed on “Terms of Reference” that will strengthen collaboration in the development of research and … Read more

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EU Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
Launch of New EU Import Control System – ICS2 
12 April 2021
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 15 March 2021, the Commission launched a new import control system to improve the protection of the Customs Union against security threats posed by the illegal movement of goods at the EU’s external borders. The new system is a core project intended to implement … Read more

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EU Customs Cooperation
Terrorist Content Online: Council Agrees on Regulation – Criticism from NGOs 
12 April 2021
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The Council gave green light to the text on the new EU regulation addressing the dissemination of terrorist content online. Over 60 civil society organisation, however, urge MEPs not to follow suit and deny the regulation in its current form. The EP is due to adopt the regulation at its plenary session at the end of April. Read more

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EU Racism and Xenophobia Terrorism
Council Conclusions on Cybersecurity Strategy 
9 April 2021
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 22 March 2021, the Council adopted conclusions on the EU’s cybersecurity strategy. The Council stressed that cybersecurity is essential for building a resilient, green and digital Europe. In particular, it is about achieving strategic autonomy to strengthen the EU's digital leadership. Read more

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EU Cybercrime
Ireland Now Connected to Schengen Information System 
9 April 2021
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 15 March 2021, Ireland joined the Schengen Information System (SIS). The SIS is the largest and most widely used IT system for law enforcement cooperation and external border management in Europe. Irish authorities are now able to receive real-time information, e.g., on persons wanted … Read more

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EU Schengen Police Cooperation
EPPO Suggests Operational Start on 1 June 2021 
8 April 2021
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In a letter sent to the Commissioners Didier Reynders and Johannes Hahn on 7 April 2021, European Chief Prosecutor Laura Kövesi proposes that the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) starts its operational activities on 1 June 2021. According to the EPPO Regulation, the Commission must … Read more

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EU European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO)
New Member of the General Court of the EU 
On 25 February 2021, Mr David Petrlík was appointed as a judge at the General Court of the EU. During his career, Mr Petrlík has served in several functions in the Czech judiciary and also worked for the EU. Prior to his new office, he … Read more

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EU European Court of Justice (ECJ)
The CJEU in 2020: A Review 
1 April 2021 (updated 1 month ago)
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
On 5 March 2021, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) presented its 2020 judicial statistics. Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic significantly affected the operations of the Court, the number of new and completed cases brought to Luxembourg remained fairly stable: 1,582 new … Read more

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EU European Court of Justice (ECJ)
Portuguese Council Presidency Programme 
The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union began on 1 January 2021 and will run until 30 June this year.Inspired by the motive “Time to deliver: a fair, green and digital recovery” the Portuguese Presidency’s programme envisages five main lines of … Read more

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