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Positive Marks for Bulgaria in Judicial Reform and Fight Against Corruption 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 13 November 2018, the Commission presented a progress report on Bulgaria under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM). The CVM assessed progress made in Bulgaria’s commitments in the areas of judicial reform and the fight against corruption and organised crime since its EU ... Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights Corruption
Commission Criticises Romania for Regression in Judicial Reforms and Fight Against Corruption 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
As part of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), the Commission voiced concerns over current developments in Romania regarding judicial reforms, judicial independence, and the fight against high-level corruption. In its progress report tabled on 13 November 2018, the Commission stated that Romania does not ... Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights Corruption
CJEU Stops Application of New Polish Law on Supreme Court Judges 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 19 October 2018, the Vice-President (VP) of the European Court of Justice ordered interim measures in the infringement proceedings against Poland regarding Poland’s reform of the Supreme Court. The proceedings (case C-619/18) were launched by the European Commission at the end of ... Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights
EP: Time Is Ripe for a Comprehensive DRF Mechanism 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
In a resolution of 14 November 2018, the EP called on the Commission to present a proposal for a comprehensive EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental rights (in short: “DRF”). Several EU Member States were not maintaining the core EU values ... Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights
CEPEJ 2018 Report on Efficiency of Justice 
16 January 2019
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 5 October 2018, CEPEJ published its 2018 report on the main trends observed for the efficiency of justice in 45 European countries. This 7th evaluation report is based on the 2016 data and serves as a practical tool to better understand the operation of justice in Europe, including major trends, statistics, and common issues. Read more

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Court Re-Elects President Raimondi 
16 January 2019
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 17 September 2018, Guido Raimondi was re-elected as President of the ECtHR. His term ends on 4 May 2019, the same time as his mandate as a judge.Before his career at the ECtHR Raimondi worked in the Legal Department of the Italian Ministry ... Read more

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The 2018 Conference on International Extradition and the European Arrest Warrant 
24 October 2018 (updated 1 month ago)
Maffei_Stefano.jpg Prof. Dr. Stefano Maffei
Academic and practising lawyers from around the world gathered in Sarnico, Italy in the last week of June 2018 to brainstorm on current developments in extradition law in several countries, including the UK, Scotland, USA, Italy, Albania, Australia, Germany, and Switzerland. A poll of participants indicated that virtually all considered the two-day conference a complete success. Read more

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EU European Arrest Warrant Judicial Cooperation
JHA Ministers’ Debate on e-Evidence Legislation 
20 October 2018 (updated 3 months ago)
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
At their Council meeting of 4-5 June 2018, the JHA Ministers held a first policy debate on the Commission’s proposals for a legislative EU framework on cross-border access to e-evidence. The legislative proposals were tabled on 17 April 2018. Read more

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EU Law Enforcement Cooperation e-Evidence
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
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
Council Conclusions on Proctection of Victims of Terrorism 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 5 June 2018, the JHA Council adopted conclusions on victims of terrorism. They mainly call for effective cooperation between the authorities and entities responsible for the protection of victims of terrorism in order to facilitate the rapid exchange of information and assistance in the event of a terrorist attack. Read more

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EU Victim Protection
Council Ready to Start Negotiations on Interoperability Legal Framework 
20 October 2018 (updated 3 months ago)
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
Despite criticism from data protection and fundamental rights organisations, the EU institutions continue to make progress in adopting legislation on the interoperability between EU information systems in the area of justice and home affairs. On behalf of the European Council, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) approved a mandate for negotiations on the proposed two regulations establishing a framework for interoperability on 14 June 2018. Read more

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