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CJEU: Italian Legislation Combining Administrative and Criminal Sanctions Against Market Manipulation Does Not Respect EU’s ne bis in idem Principle 
6 June 2018 (updated 2 years, 7 months ago)
Alexander Oppers / 2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
In a judgment of 20 March 2018 on the combination of administrative and criminal proceedings/penalties, the CJEU ruled that Art. 50 CFR precludes national legislation that allows an administrative proceeding imposing penalties of a criminal nature for unlawful conduct consisting in market manipulation for which … Read more

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CJEU: Criminal Penalty in Addition to Penalty in Tax Proceedings to Combat VAT Fraud Possible 
6 June 2018 (updated 2 years, 7 months ago)
Alexander Oppers / 2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
In the case C-524/15, Luca Menci, the CJEU had to give guidance as to whether criminal proceedings against an individual – for the same act – can be brought after an administrative penalty was already imposed for not having paid high amounts of value … Read more

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CJEU Delivers Leading Judgments on Combination of Administrative and Criminal Penalties 
6 June 2018 (updated 2 years, 7 months ago)
Alexander Oppers / 2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl in Issue 4/2017
On 20 March 2018, the CJEU delivered three judgments that addressed a fundamental question in relation to the ne bis in idem principle as set out in Article 50 CFR, namely whether it is possible to combine administrative and criminal proceedings/penalties.Art. 50 of the … Read more

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European Data Protection Day – EU Enters Into New Era in 2018 
6 June 2018 (updated 2 years, 7 months ago)
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28 January marks European Data Protection Day. In a joint statement in advance year’s (published on 26 January 2018), four Commissioners stressed that 2018 is going to be a landmark year for data protection in Europe. They mainly referred to the General Data Protection Regulation … Read more

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Commission Prepares for Effective Implementation of New EU Data Protection Legislation 
6 June 2018 (updated 2 years, 7 months ago)
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
25 May 2018 marks the date of the direct applicability of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), two years after its adoption and entry into force. The GDPR will bring about a significant change in the data protection landscape of the EU, since it replaces … Read more

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Partial Success for Schrems’ Campaign Against Facebook 
6 June 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 25 January 2018, the CJEU decided on the place of jurisdiction in a case of alleged privacy violations and the question of whether a class action is possible against social media companies (Case C-498/16).The background of the case is a lawsuit … Read more

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JHA Council Gives Guidance on Legislative Proposal for Interoperability 
6 June 2018 (updated 2 years, 2 months ago)
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At its meeting on 8 March 2018, the Home Affairs Ministers of the EU Member States gave political guidance on the ongoing examination of the legislative proposals for establishing an interoperability framework between EU information systems.The initiative, consisting of two legislative proposals, was … Read more

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Urban Security: Networks in the Fight Against Terrorism 
6 June 2018
Alexander Oppers
On 8 March 2018, the Commission and the Committee of the Regions issued a joint statement at the EU Mayors’ Conference. The statement highlights the need for cooperation at all levels of government and with private stakeholders in the fight against global terrorism. Of particular … Read more

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Commission Recommendation on the Handling of illegal Internet Content 
6 June 2018
Alexander Oppers
In continuation of the Communication on “Tackling Illegal Content Online - Towards an enhanced responsibility of online platforms” (marked by the slogan: what is illegal offline is also illegal online), the Commission issued a Recommendation on 1 March 2018. It includes operational measures and … Read more

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Commission Steps Forward to Tackle Illegal Content Online 
6 June 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
At a meeting between five Commissioners and representatives of online platforms on 9 January 2018, the Commission analysed the bulk of EU measures in tackling the spread of illegal content online. The meeting was designed to discuss progress made on this topic. It also fostered … Read more

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Application of Code of Conduct Countering Illegal Hate Speech Online Positive 
6 June 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 19 January 2018, the Commission released the results of the third evaluation of the Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate speech. The overall assessment is rather positive since, on average, IT companies removed 70% of all illegal hate speech notified to them … Read more

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Public Consultation to Establish First Worldwide “Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List” 
6 June 2018 (updated 2 years, 7 months ago)
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On 31 January 2018, the European Commission launched a survey that seeks input from stakeholders to identify online and physical marketplaces outside the EU where counterfeiting, piracy, or other forms of intellectual property abuse are common practice. The results of the stakeholder consultation are to … Read more

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JHA Council Adopts General Approach on New Law Combating Non-Cash Payment Fraud 
6 June 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
At its meeting on 9 March 2018, the Justice Ministers of the EU Member States endorsed a general approach on new legislation regarding the fight against fraud and counterfeiting of non-cash means of payment. The proposal for a directive was tabled by the Commission on … Read more

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Council Softens EU List of Tax Haven Countries 
6 June 2018 (updated 2 years, 7 months ago)
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
At its meeting on 23 January 2018, the Economic and Financial Council removed eight jurisdictions from the EU’s list of non-cooperative countries for tax purposes. The removal ensued because of commitments at a high political level that address certain EU concerns. The eight … Read more

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EU and Norway Foster Administrative Cooperation to Combat VAT Fraud 
6 June 2018 (updated 2 years, 7 months ago)
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On 6 February 2018, the Council and Norway signed an agreement designed to strengthen administrative cooperation in order to combat fraud and recover claims in the field of VAT.The main objective is to close a gap in control of the VAT chains used by … Read more

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Chairs of New TAX3 Special Committee 
6 June 2018 (updated 2 years, 7 months ago)
Alexander Oppers
On 22 March 2018, the new special committee on financial crimes, tax evasion, and tax avoidance (TAX3) held its first meeting at which it appointed a Chair and four Vice Chairs.- Through acclamation, Petr Ježek (CZ, ALDE), former co-rapporteur for the PANA Committee, became … Read more

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