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2019 EU Justice Scoreboard: Downward Trend for Judicial Independence 
17 June 2019 (updated 11 months, 1 week ago)
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On 26 April 2019, the Commission published the 2019 EU Justice Scoreboard. The Scoreboard presents an annual comparative overview of indicators relevant for the independence, quality, and efficiency of justice (for the Justice Scoreboards of previous years, see eucrim 2/2018, 80-81, and eucrim … Read more

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EU Legislation
Updated Rules on European Citizens’ Initiatives 
17 June 2019
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At the end of March 2019, the Council and the European Parliament passed a Regulation that reforms the European citizens’ initiative. The European citizens’ initiative is a democratic participation tool by which citizens may influence EU policy. If the Commission has the power to … Read more

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EU Legislation
EP-Studies on Algorithmic Decision-Making 
17 June 2019
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The European Parliamentary Research Service published two studies dealing with algorithms used in systems to support decision-making. The studies were designed to provide a basis for future debates in the European Parliament on the issue of algorithmic decision-making systems.The first study, “Understanding algorithmic decision-making: … Read more

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EU Security Union
Commission Takes Stock of Security Union Progress 
17 June 2019
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On 20 March 2019, the European Commission presented its 18th“progress report towards an effective and genuine Security Union.” Within the framework of this series (see also eucrim 3/2016, 123), this report especially takes stock of the progress made on the main building blocks of the … Read more

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EU Security Union
CCBE: Recommendations on Protection of Fundamental Rights in “National Security” Context 
17 June 2019
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The concept of “national security” is often used in modern democratic societies to justify intrusive surveillance measures or other interference in an individual’s fundamental rights. A universally accepted definition of national security is lacking, however, which makes it difficult for courts to review state actions … Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights
European Citizens’ Initiative on Respect for the Rule of Law Admitted 
17 June 2019
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On 3 April 2019, the Commission registered a European citizens’ initiative called “Respect for the rule of law within the European Union.”The European citizens’ initiative is a democratic participation tool by which citizens may influence EU policy. It was introduced by the Lisbon Treaty. … Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights
Commission Triggers Debate on Future EU Rule-of-Law Toolbox 
17 June 2019
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On 3 April 2019, the Commission published a Communication entitled “Further strengthening the Rule of Law within the Union.” The Communication aims at triggering a reflection process on how the EU toolbox for defending and maintaining the fundamental value of the rule of law in … Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights
AG: Polish Supreme Court Reform is Against EU Law 
17 June 2019
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Polish legislation lowering the retirement age of Supreme Court judgesviolates EU law, according to the opinion of Advocate General EvgeniTanchev. The opinion was released on 11 April 2019 and concerns one of three infringement procedures that have, in the meantime, been launched by the … Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights
Commission Launches Another In-fringement Procedure Against Poland 
17 June 2019
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The Commission has targeted another aspect of judicial reform in Poland. On 3 April 2019, the Commission launched a new infringement procedure against Poland. It addresses the recently introduced disciplinary regime for judges. The Commission believes that the disciplinary regime is contrary to the obligations … Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights
Global Decline in Rule-of-Law Performance 
17 June 2019
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“More countries declined than improved in overall rule of law performance for the second year in a row, continuing a negative slide toward weaker rule of law around the world.” This is one of the main findings of the annual worldwide rule of law index … Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights
Romania to be Placed Under Rule-of-Law Monitoring 
17 June 2019
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After Poland and Hungary, Romania is likely to become the third EU country that may face the consequences of the EU’s Article 7 procedure (for this procedure, see eucrim 2/2018, p. 80 and the article by Cassese, eucrim 1/2018, p. 72). After the Romanian … Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights
Reports on Victims’ Rights 
At the end of April 2019, FRA published a set of four reports on justice for victims of violent crimes. The set of reports deals with access to justicefrom four different perspectives:Victims’ rights as a standard of criminal justice;Justice in criminal proceedings; … Read more

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EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
First Operation Outside the EU 
On 21 May 2019, Frontex launched its first full-fledged joint operation outside the European Union. This first operation in Albania aimed at supporting Albanian border guards with border control and at combating cross-border crime. For the operation, 50 officers from 12 EU Member States, … Read more

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EU Frontex
Patrol Cars Started Operating 
At the end of May 2019, for the first time in its history, Frontex started to operate its own patrol cars in various field deployments at Europe’s borders.The patrol cars are a first step towards Frontex operating its own equipment rather than relying … Read more

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EU Frontex
Dark Web Marketplaces Taken Down 
At the beginning of May 2019, two major dark web marketplaces, the “Wall Street Market” and the “Silkkitie” (known as the Valhalla Marketplace), were taken down in an international operation between Dutch, Finnish, French, German, and several US authorities together with the support of Europol … Read more

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EU Europol Cybercrime
Malware Group Dismantled 
In mid-May 2019, GozNym, a cybercriminal network offering cybercrime as a service was able to be dismantled through an international operation between Bulgaria, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, Ukraine, and the USA. Criminal services offered by GozNym included, for instance, bulletproof hosters, money mule networks, crypters, spammers, … Read more

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EU Europol Cybercrime