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Presidency: Priorities in the Area of Criminal Justice 
20 October 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
From 1 July 2018 to 31 December 2018, Austria is holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU. Read more

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EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
Commission Registers European Citizens' Initiative “Stop fraud and abuse of EU funds” 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 19 September 2019, the College of Commissioners gave green light for registering of a European Citizens’ Initiative, entitled “STOP FRAUD and abuse of EU FUNDS − by better control of decisions, implementation and penalties.” Read more

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EU Protection of Financial Interests
Council Conclusions: Better Use of SIS Against Foreign Terrorist Fighters 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
The Council meeting of the JHA Ministers on 4-5 June 2018 saw the adoption of conclusions to strengthen the cooperation and use of the Schengen information system (SIS) to deal with persons involved in terrorism or terrorism-related activities, including foreign terrorist fighters. The conclusions are addressed to the Member States, the Commission, Europol, Frontex, and CEPOL. They aim to facilitate the identification and tracing of foreign terrorist fighters based on SIS hits. Read more

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EU Terrorism
EP Calls for Strict Implementation of Victims’ Protection Directive 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 30 May 2018, the plenary of the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the implementation of Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support, and protection of victims of crime. Read more

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EU Victim Protection
Practice: Online Marketplace for Counterfeit Goods Taken Down 
20 October 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
At the beginning of May 2018, one of the largest European law enforcement operations ever resulted in the shut-down of an illegal online marketplace selling counterfeit goods and pirated content. Read more

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EU Europol Counterfeiting & Piracy
20th Anniversary of EJN Foundation 
20 October 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
During its 50th Plenary on 27-29 June 2018, the EJN celebrated its 20th anniversary. Read more

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EU European Judicial Network (EJN)
Crime Information Cell Established 
20 October 2018 (updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago)
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
On 5 July 2018, the EUNAVFOR Med operation Sophia Task Force was enforced by five specialists from Europol, Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, and EUNAVFOR Med. Read more

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EU Law Enforcement Cooperation Police Cooperation
Commission Proposes New Justice, Rights and Values Fund 
20 October 2018 (updated 3 weeks, 6 days ago)
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
As part of the Commission’s proposals for a new long-term EU budget, the Commission proposed a new “Justice, Rights and Values fund”. The fund will further contribute to the development of a European area of justice by simplifying the budgetary line into one financial programme. Read more

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EU Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
German Court Held Extradition of Catalan Leader Puigdemont Partly Inadmissable 
20 October 2018 (updated 3 weeks, 6 days ago)
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
In the most prominent European Arrest Warrant case in Germany in recent time, the possible surrender of former Catalan Regional President Carles Puigdemont to Spain, the First Senate for Criminal Matters of the Higher Regional Court of the State of Schleswig-Holstein rendered its final admissibility decision on 12 July 2018. Read more

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EU European Arrest Warrant
Practice: Webstresser.org Taken Down 
20 October 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
On 24 April 2018, the world’s biggest marketplace by which to hire Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) services, webstresser.org, was shut down and its infrastructure seized. Read more

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EU Europol
Think Tank Considers Solutions for a Post-Brexit JHA Deal 
20 October 2018 (updated 3 weeks, 6 days ago)
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
The Institute for Government – a London-based think tank on governmental challenges – published a report entitled “Negotiating Brexit: policing and criminal justice” in September 2018. Read more

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EU Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
European Public Prosecutor’s Office Netherlands and Malta Join EPPO 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 1 and 7 August 2018, the Commission gave its approval for the Netherlands and Malta to join the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO). Read more

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EU European Public Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO)
EU Member States Reluctant to Transpose 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 19 July 2018, the Commission brought Greece and Romania before the EU Court of Justice for non-compliance in transposing the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive into their national laws. Ireland was also referred to the CJEU because it has only implemented the rules of the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive in a very limited way. Read more

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EU Money Laundering
Commission Wants Binding EU Rules to Fight Terrorist Content Online 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 12 September 2018, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal for a regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online (COM(2018) 640 final). The proposal introduces a number of measures to prevent the misuse of Internet hosting services to disseminate terrorist propaganda and terrorist content online. Read more

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EU Racism and Xenophobia
Council and EP Shape Regulation on Freezing and Confiscation Orders 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 20 June 2018, the Council announced that a political agreement had been reached with the European Parliament on new EU rules for the mutual recognition of freezing and confiscating orders. Read more

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EU Freezing of Assets
Practice: Members of COSA NOSTRA Arrested 
20 October 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
On 5 and 12 May 2018, Europol’s “Eurosearch” project, which was set up to locate and capture dangerous mafia fugitives in Europe, succeeded in the arrest of two of the most important Italian fugitives and members of the Italian Crime Syndicate COSA NOSTRA. Read more

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