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12th Referral Action Day 
18 February 2019
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
On 20 November 2018, Europol’s EU Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) organised a joint Referral Action Day together with national referral units from seven Member States and third parties, targeting online material linked to terrorist activities. This time, 7393 items were assessed and referred ... Read more

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EU Cybercrime
Council: Anti-Money Laundering Action Plan 
18 February 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
At its meeting of 4 December 2018, the ECOFIN Council adopted conclusions on an Anti-Money Laundering Action Plan. The ministers welcomed the progress made in preventing and combating money laundering in recent years, but call for further improvements, in particular as regards the (cross-border) exchange of information and collaboration between prudential and anti-money laundering supervisory authorities. Read more

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EU Money Laundering
ECA Opinion on Future Anti-Fraud Programme 
18 February 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 15 November 2018, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) adopted Opinion No 9/2018 on the Commission’s proposal for a Regulation establishing the EU Anti-Fraud Programme for the 2021-2027 financing period (for the proposal, see eucrim 2/2018, pp. 92-93). Read more

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EU Protection of Financial Interests
New Action Plan Against Illicit Tobacco Trade 
18 February 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 7 December 2018, the Commission published the 2nd Action Plan to fight the illicit tobacco trade (Communication to the European Parliament and the Council, COM(2018) 846 final). The action plan covers the period 2018-2020. The Commission stresses that the illicit tobacco trade can only be curbed by a combination of policy and enforcement measures. Read more

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EU Protection of Financial Interests
Eastern Partnership IBM Project Concluded 
18 February 2019
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
At the end of November 2018, after four years, the Eastern Partnership Integrated Border Management (EaP IBM) Capacity Building Project was concluded with a final meeting at Frontex premises. Read more

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EU Frontex
Risk Analysis Cell in Niger 
18 February 2019
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
In cooperation with Nigerian authorities, Frontex opened the first Risk Analysis Cell in Niamey, Niger at the end of November 2018. The cell will collect and analyse strategic data on cross-border crime such as illegal border crossings, document fraud, and trafficking in human beings. Read more

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EU Frontex
FRA Opinion on Revised Frontex Regulation 
18 February 2019
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
At the end of November 2018, FRA published its Opinion on the revised European Border and Coast Guard Regulation and its fundamental rights implications. Read more

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EU Frontex
First Liaison Prosecutor for Macedonia 
18 February 2019
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
On 12 November 2018, Ms Lenche Ristoska took up her duties as the first Liaison Prosecutor for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia at Eurojust. Read more

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EU Eurojust
Fourth European Money Mule Action 
18 February 2019
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
Europol, Eurojust and the European Banking Federation (EBF) reported on the fourth European Money Mule Action “EMMA 4” – a global law enforcement action week tackling the issue of money muling. Read more

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EU Europol
Operational Network Against Mafia-Style Criminal Groups 
18 February 2019
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
At the end of November 2018, law enforcement authorities from Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain kicked off a new operational network (@ON), together with Europol, to strengthen their cooperation against mafia-style criminal groups, Eurasian and Albanian criminal networks, and Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. Read more

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EU Europol Law Enforcement Cooperation
Second Annual Conference on Drugs in Europe 
18 February 2019
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
On 6-7 December 2018, Europol hosted the second annual conference on “Drugs in Europe: a bold law enforcement response.” Delegates from all over the EU, third states, and international organisations discussed the latest developments in illicit drug trafficking. Read more

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EU Europol Organised Crime
Cooperation with Diebold Nixdorf 
18 February 2019
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
On 16 November 2018, Europol and Diebold Nixdorf signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim to better prevent, prosecute, and disrupt cybercrime related to self-service ecosystems. Read more

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EU Europol
Cooperation Europol-Japan on New Footing 
18 February 2019
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
On 3 December 2018, Europol and the National Police Agency of Japan (NPA) signed a Working Arrangement with the aim of combating serious, international cross-border, and organised crime such as terrorism, drug trafficking, and cybercrime. Read more

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EU Europol
Vacancy Notice for the European Chief Prosecutor 
18 February 2019
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
On 19 November 2018, the European Commission published a call for application for the first ever European Chief Prosecutor (ECP) to head the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) based in Luxembourg. The European Chief Prosecutor is the Head of the EPPO, in charge of ... Read more

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EU European Public Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO)
OAFCN Meeting at OLAF 
18 February 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
In November 2018, OLAF hosted the annual meeting of the Anti-Fraud Communicators' Network (OAFCN). Communication experts working for anti-fraud public organisations discussed crisis communication, the importance of storytelling, and real-life communication scenarios. Read more

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EU OLAF
ECA: Planned OLAF Reform Still Has Weaknesses 
18 February 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) Opinion welcomes certain approaches and concepts in the Commission proposal of 23 May 2018 amending OLAF Regulation 883/2013, but still sees some weaknesses preventing the two objectives from being met. Read more

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EU OLAF