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ECJ: Deficiencies in Fair Trial Protection Can Block Recognition of Custodial Sentence 
2 February 2024 (updated 1 month ago)
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl in Issue 3/2023
If there are deficiencies in the rule of law, which have an impact on the concrete criminal decision, not only extradition but also the execution of a prison sentence can be refused. This was decided by the ECJ on 9 November 2023 upon a referral by the Regional Court of Aachen (Germany). Read more
EU Fundamental Rights Transfer of Sentenced Persons
AG: Decision Granting Refugee Status Not Binding for Extradition 
2 February 2024 (updated 1 month ago)
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl in Issue 3/2023
A Member State is not bound by the decision of another Member State regarding the recognition of refugee status within the meaning of the Geneva Refugee Convention. This is the view taken by Advocate General (AG) Jean Richard de la Tour in his Opinion of 19 October 2023 in Case C-352/22 referred by the Higher Regional Court of Hamm, Germany. Read more
EU Judicial Cooperation
Balancing Privacy and Scrutiny: GDPR in the Spotlight as Parliamentary Inquiries Unfold 
1 February 2024 (updated 1 week, 6 days ago)
Pingen Kopie Dr. Anna Pingen in Issue 4/2023
In its judgment of 16 January 2024, the ECJ clarified to which extent a parliamentary inquiry committee that scrutinizes national security activities is subject to the obligation under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and to which extent compliance with the GDPR must be monitored … Read more
EU Fundamental Rights Data Protection
EPPO’s Operational Activities: mid-November – December 2023 
31 January 2024
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl in Issue 4/2023
This news item provides an overview of EPPO's main operational activities from 16 November to 31 December 2023. It continues the periodic reports of the last issues (→ eucrim 3/2023, 247-248) and is in reverse chronological order.21 December 2023: The EPPO in Zagreb … Read more
EU EPPO
GC: EPPO’s Request for the Lifting of Parliamentary Immunity Not Open to Challenge 
31 January 2024 (updated 1 week, 6 days ago)
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl in Issue 4/2023
By order of 16 January 2024, the General Court dismissed Eva Kaili’s action for annulment against the request by the European Chief Prosecutor to lift her parliamentary immunity (Case T-46/23).Facts of the caseThe EPPO is conducting investigations against Greek MEP … Read more
EU EPPO Protection of Financial Interests Procedural Safeguards
MONEYVAL: Fifth Round Evaluation Report on Romania 
29 January 2024
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 18 July 2023, MONEYVAL published its fifth round evaluation report on Romania with the following key findings. In general, the report found that Romania has taken a number of actions to strengthen its legal and institutional AML/CTF framework since the country’s last evaluation in 2014; however, these efforts only show moderate levels of effectiveness in all areas but international cooperation. Read more
Council of Europe Money Laundering Terrorism
MONEYVAL: Fifth Round Evaluation Report on North Macedonia 
29 January 2024
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 12 July 2023, MONEYVAL published the fifth round mutual evaluation report on North Macedonia. It calls for improvements particularly in the investigation and prosecution of money laundering (ML) and terrorist financing (TF) as well as the financing of proliferation (FP). According to the report, North Macedonia has strengthened its legal framework since the last mutual evaluation and laid the foundation for a sound regime to tackle ML and TF. Read more
Council of Europe Money Laundering Terrorism
MONEYVAL: Typologies Report on ML and TF Risks in the World of Virtual Assets 
29 January 2024
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 6 July 2023, MONEYVAL published a report on money laundering (ML) and terrorist financing (TF) risks in the world of virtual assets (VA) and their service providers (VASP) in MONEYVAL members states and territories. Read more
Council of Europe Money Laundering Terrorism
MONEYVAL Annual Report for 2022 
29 January 2024
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 20 June 2023, Moneyval published its annual report for 2022. The report assesses the compliance of the 33 member states and territories (subject to the Committee’s monitoring as of 31 December 2022) with international standards and developments to combat money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (ML/CFT) in their legal and institutional frameworks. Read more
Council of Europe Money Laundering Terrorism
New Regulation for Cybersecurity of EU Institutions 
23 January 2024
Pingen Kopie Dr. Anna Pingen in Issue 4/2023
The new Cybersecurity Regulation laying down measures for a high common level of cybersecurity at the institutions, bodies, offices, and agencies of the Union entered into force on 7 January 2024. The new legal framework follows the Commission's proposal for the Cybersecurity Regulation in March … Read more
EU Legislation Cybercrime
EPPO’s Operational Activities: October – mid-November 2023 
23 January 2024 (updated 3 weeks, 5 days ago)
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl in Issue 3/2023
This news item provides an overview of EPPO's main operational activities from 1 October to 15 November 2023. It continues the periodic reports of the last issues (→ eucrim 2/2023, 124-128) and is in reverse chronological order.15 November 2023: Within the framework of … Read more
EU EPPO
First Formal Proceedings Launched by Commission under DSA: X Under Investigation 
18 January 2024
Pingen Kopie Dr. Anna Pingen
The Commission has opened its first formal proceedings under the DSA to assess whether X may have breached the act in areas related to risk management, content moderation, dark patterns, advertising transparency, and data access for researchers. Read more
EU Commission Data Protection
Commission Proposes New Legislation to Counter Migrant Smuggling 
18 January 2024
Pingen Kopie Dr. Anna Pingen
The Commission proposed new legislation to prevent and combat migrant smuggling. The tools consist of updating the 20-year-old legislative framework (the 2002 facilitation package), strengthening the role of EU agencies, in particular Europol, and intensifying cooperation with partner countries. Read more
EU Legislation Commission Trafficking in Human Beings
Operation NOXIA: Successful Cooperation between Asia and Europe 
17 January 2024 (updated 1 month ago)
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl in Issue 4/2023
On 16 October 2023, OLAF informed of the results of Operation NOXIA that brought together European and Asian partners. The Operation targeted deep-sea containers in EU and Asian ports in a bid to prevent dangerous substances from being smuggled. It was part of ASEM (Asia-Europe … Read more
EU OLAF