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Handbook on European Data Protection Law 
20 October 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
In May 2018, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), together with the Council of Europe (CoE), published an update of its Handbook on European Data Protection Law, the first edition of which had been published in 2014. Read more

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EU Data Protection
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What Hinders EU Cooperation? Where Should the EU Take Action – Scientific Study Gives Answers 
20 October 2018 (updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago)
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 30 August 2018, the European Parliament Think Tank published a scientific study entitled: “Criminal procedural laws across the European Union– A comparative analysis of selected main differences and the impact they have over the development of EU legislation.” Read more

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EU Procedural Safeguards
ECA: Commission To Better Measure Effectiveness of EU Action Against Radicalisation 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 29 May 2018, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) published its special report No 13/2018, which looked into the EU’s action against radicalisation, i.e., the phenomenon of people embracing extremist ideologies and behaviour which could lead them to commit acts of ... Read more

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EU Racism and Xenophobia
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 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
Home Affairs Ministers Assess 2014-2017 European Policy Cycle for Organised Crime 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
At its meeting of 4-5 June 2018, the Home Affairs Ministers of the EU Member States took stock of the EU Policy Cycle for organised and serious international crime for the period 2014-2017. They highlighted the multidisciplinary component of the EU Policy Cycle thus far and gave orientation as regards future developments in combating these forms of crime. Read more

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EU Organised Crime
Lowest Level of Counterfeit Euro Banknotes since 2015 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 27 July 2018, the European Central Bank (ECB) published it half-yearly statistics on euro banknote counterfeiting. 301,000 counterfeit euro banknotes were withdrawn from circulation in the first half of 2018. This is the lowest number of withdrawn counterfeit euro banknotes since 2015. Read more

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EU Counterfeiting & Piracy
Tax Fraud and Evasion: New Standard Provision for Third-Country Agreements 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 25 May 2018, the Council adopted conclusions on the EU standard provision on good governance in tax matters for agreements with third countries. The conclusions should further advance the EU’s strategy regarding external taxation as well as measures against tax treaty abuse which called for a new standard provision in line with the evolution of international standards in the tax area. Read more

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EU Tax Evasion
Commission Sets Out Plans for Better Supervision in Fight Against Money Laundering 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 12 September 2018, the Commission presented a Communication entitled: “Strengthening the Union framework for prudential and anti-money laundering supervision for financial institutions.” The Commission outlines the next legislative and non-legislative steps to further enhance the supervision of financial institutions in the Union for purposes of combating money laundering and terrorist financing. Read more

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EU Money Laundering
Commission Proposes New Anti-Money Laundering Supervision Mechanism 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 12 September 2018, the Commission tabled a legislative proposal to amend existing EU rules on the supervision of banks and financial institutions to better address risks of money laundering and terrorist financing (COM(2018) 646 final). Read more

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EU Money Laundering
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 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
Commission Plans to Spend €181 Million on Anti-Fraud from 2021-2027 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 30 May 2018, the Commission proposed the new EU Anti-Fraud Programme. It will replace the current Hercule III Programme which expires in 2020. The new EU Programme is expected to run from 2021 until 2027, which is the next long-term EU budget cycle. Read more

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EU Protection of Financial Interests
ECA Criticizes Commission Plans on Loss of EU Money if Rule of Law is not Respected 
20 October 2018 (updated 3 months ago)
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
In its Opinion 1/2018 of 12 July 2018, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) assessed the Commission’s plans to link the future multiannual financial framework with a EU Member State’s respect for the rule of law. Read more

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EU Protection of Financial Interests
New Rules on Administrative Cooperation to Improve Fight Against VAT Fraud 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 21 September 2018, the legislative procedure on a “Council Regulation amending Regulations (EU) No 904/2010 and (EU) 2017/2454 as regards measures to strengthen administrative cooperation in the field of value added tax” was finalized. Read more

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EU Protection of Financial Interests