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Romania Kicks Off New Trio Presidency of the Council of the EU 
18 February 2019
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
Under the motto “Cohesion, a common European value,” Romania took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 January 2019. Read more

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EU Area of Freedom, Security and Justice Council
EP Wants Temporary Border Controls Kept to a Minimum 
18 February 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 29 November 2018, the European Parliament (EP) adopted its negotiating position on the revision of the Schengen Borders Code. MEPs stressed that the revision must ensure the Schengen achievements and put an end to current misuse or misinterpretation when upholding internal border controls. Read more

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EU Schengen
CJEU Paves Way to Exit from Brexit 
18 February 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
The United Kingdom is free to unilaterally revoke the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU. Unanimous approval by the European Council regarding this revocation is not necessary. This was the response of the CJEU plenary to a request for a preliminary ruling by the Scottish Court of Session. Read more

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EU Area of Freedom, Security and Justice Brexit
CJEU Confirms Interim Measures Against Polish Supreme Court Reform 
18 February 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
Also after having heard the arguments of the Polish government, the CJEU confirmed interim measures against the reform of the retirement age of Supreme Court judges under new Polish law. By order of 17 December 2018, the judges in Luxembourg granted the Commission’s request for interim measures and upheld a provisional order of 19 October 2018 by the Vice-President of the Court. Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights
New Measures to Disrupt Migrant Smuggling Networks 
18 February 2019
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
With the aim of disrupting migrant smuggling networks, both inside and outside the EU, the Council approved a set of measures with a law enforcement focus on 6 December 2018. Read more
20th Anniversary of European Court of Human Rights 
18 February 2019
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 1 November 2018, it was the twentieth anniversary of the entry into force of Protocol No. 11 and the setting up of a single, full-time ECtHR. The protocol also established the right of individual petition to over 800 million Europeans. Following the entry into ... Read more

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Council of Europe Fundamental Rights European Court of Human Rights
First Case for Advisory Opinion under Protocol No. 16 
18 February 2019
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 3 December 2018, the Grand Chamber panel of five judges accepted a request for an advisory opinion under Protocol No. 16. This is the first case (received on 16 October 2018 from the French Court of Cassation) since the entry into force of Protocol No. 16 to the ECHR on 1 August 2018. Read more

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Council of Europe European Court of Human Rights
GRECO: Fifth Round Evaluation Report on Estonia 
18 February 2019
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 7 December 2018, GRECO published its fifth round evaluation report on Estonia. In general, GRECO observed that the comprehensive legislative framework and online tools in place in Estonia provide a sound basis for preventing corruption amongst all officials. There are, however, a number of areas in which improvements are necessary and recommended. Read more

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Council of Europe Corruption
MONEYVAL: Fifth Round Evaluation Report on Albania 
18 February 2019
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 17 December 2018, MONEYVAL published its fifth-round evaluation report on Albania. The report calls on the Albanian authorities to step up their efforts in pursuing launderers, when confiscating assets connected to significant proceeds-generating offences and in tackling terrorist financing risks. Read more

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Council of Europe Money Laundering
MONEYVAL: AML/CFT Report on Israel Triggers the Country’s Membership to the FATF 
18 February 2019
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 10 December 2018, FATF and MONEYVAL published a mutual assessment report on Israel’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT) system, the effectiveness of measures in place, and their level of compliance with FATF Recommendations. Read more

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Council of Europe Money Laundering
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Conference on the Implementation of the EPPO Regulation 
22 January 2019
andras_csuri_1fc5ccbce0.jpg Dr. András Csúri
On 13-14th December 2018, the Romanian National Anti-Corruption Directorate organised the conference “The impact of the EPPO Regulation at the level of the national authorities of the participating EU Member States.” It aimed to facilitate the sharing of experiences, challenges, and practices in order to prepare the EU and the national legal systems for the establishment of the EPPO. Read more

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EU European Public Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO)
Council Conclusions to Support Law enforcement 
16 January 2019
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
At its meeting of 18 October 2018, the European Council called for measures to provide Member States’ law enforcement authorities, Europol, and Eurojust with adequate resources to face new challenges posed by technological developments and the emerging security threat landscape. The resources include the pooling ... Read more

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EU Law Enforcement Cooperation
Commission’s E-Evidence Plans Under Fire 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
Organisations and academics voiced critical opinions on the Commission proposals of April 2014 on e-evidence. Read more

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EU Law Enforcement Cooperation
CCBE Makes Critical Statement on E-Evidence Proposal 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 19 October 2018, the CCBE delivered a critical viewpoint on the Commison’s proposal of April 2018 for a Regulation on European Production and Preservation Orders for electronic evidence in criminal matters. It further develops its critical position it issued in previous comments. Read more

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EU Fundamental Rights Law Enforcement Cooperation Data Protection
EDPB Criticises E-Evidence Proposals 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 26 September 2018, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) adopted a critical opinion regarding the Commission proposals on European Production and Preservation Orders for electronic evidence in criminal matters. Read more

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EU Law Enforcement Cooperation Data Protection
Improved Cooperation Tool Benefits Fight Against VAT Fraud 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
New EU legislation was put in place to strengthen administrative cooperation in the field of VAT fraud. It will meet needs in order to combat cross-border VAT fraud more effectively and in a more timely manner. Read more

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EU Protection of Financial Interests Tax Evasion Law Enforcement Cooperation