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ECA Criticizes Delays in Building Up Modernized Customs IT Systems 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
According to a report by the ECA, the implementation of the new IT systems for the Customs Union suffered a series of delays. As a result, some of the key systems will not be available by the envisaged 2020 deadline. The auditors caution that the rescheduled deadline is also at risk of not being met. Read more

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EU Customs Cooperation
Eurojust Updates Overview of CJEU’s Case Law on EAW 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
In November 2018, Eurojust issued an update of its overview of the case law of the CJEU with regard to the application of Framework Decision 2002/584/JHA of 13 June 2002 on the European arrest warrant and surrender procedures between Member States (FD EAW). Read more

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European Arrest Warrant
Fair Trial Violation: Amsterdam Court Refuses Surrender to Poland 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 5 October 2018, the Internet news channel “DutchNews.nl” reported that the Amsterdam District Court stopped surrender of a Polish national to Poland (for the time being) because of “major doubts about the independence of the Polish judiciary.” Read more

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EU European Arrest Warrant
German Bar Association Makes Critical Statement on Whistleblower Draft Directive 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
In November 2018, the German Bar Association (DAV) tabled a position paper on the Commission proposal for a directive on the protection of whistleblowers. The DAV welcomed the introduction of EU-wide minimum rules for persons reporting breaches of Union law, but also sees room for improvement. Read more

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EU Victim Protection
Trade Union Organisation Calls For Robust Whistleblower Directive 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 19 November 2018, EUROCADRES – the trade union organisation representing professionals and managers – termed the Commission initiative on the protection of whistleblowers (COM(2018) 218 final) a “surprisingly good start.” Read more

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EU Victim Protection
EESC Opinion on Whistleblower Directive 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 18 October 2018, the Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an opinion on the Commission’s plans to strengthen the protection of whistleblowers at the EU level. The EESC mainly concludes that whistleblower protection is an important tool to help companies address unlawful and unethical acts. It calls on the Commission to review the legal basis for the planned directive. Read more

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EU Victim Protection
ECA Issues Statement on Planned Whistleblower Directive 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
The ECA examined the Commission proposal for a directive on the protection of whistleblowers. It generally welcomes the legislative initiative, but believes that the Directive could become too complex and possibly ineffective in some points. Read more

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EU Victim Protection
EP Committee Vote on Whistleblower Directive 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 20 November 2018, MEPs from the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) adopted their position on the Commission proposal for a directive on the protection of whistleblowers (COM(2018) 218 final). Read more

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EU Victim Protection
EP Takes Position on Interoperability Legal Framework 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 24 October 2018, the plenary of the European Parliament backed the position of the LIBE Committee regarding legislative proposals on the interoperability between EU information systems in the area of justice and home affairs. EP negotiators have now green light to enter into informal talks with the Council and the Commission. Read more

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EU Data Protection
CJEU: EU Directive Does Not Cover Procedure For Reviewing the Lawfulness of Pre-Trial Detention 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 19 September 2018, the CJEU rendered a judgment on the interpretation of Directive (EU) 2016/343 on the presumption of innocence and Arts. 47 and 48 CFR (Case C-310/18 PPU – Emil Milev). Read more

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EU Procedural Safeguards
EU Cybersecurity Organisations Agree on Roadmap 
16 January 2019
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
On 6 November 2018, Europol, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), the European Defence Agency (EDA), and the Computer Emergency Response Team for the EU Institutions agreed on a roadmap outlining activities and projects for their cooperation in 2019 in order ... Read more

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EU Cybercrime
2018 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment Published 
16 January 2019
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
Europol published its fifth Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), which gives a comprehensive overview of current and future threats and identifies trends in crime conducted and/or facilitated online.The 2018 IOCTA looks at the threats and trends with regard to four crime priorities ... Read more

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EU Europol Cybercrime
Annual Report on Counterfeit Seized Goods – 2017 Results 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 27 September 2018, the Commission presented its annual report on EU customs enforcement of intellectual property rights in 2017. The report contains statistical information about the detentions made under customs procedures and includes data on the description, quantities, and values of the goods; their provenance; the means of transport; and the type of intellectual property right (IPR) that may have been infringed. Read more

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EU Counterfeiting & Piracy
Statistics on Card Fraud in 2016 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 26 September 2018, the ECB presented figures on card fraud in 2016. It is the fifth report of this kind. Read more

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EU Non-Cash Means of Payment
Commission Takes Action Against Italy and the UK for Illegal VAT Practices 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
As a follow up to the Paradise Paper leaks, the Commission launched infringement proceedings against Italy and the United Kingdom on 8 November 2018. The proceedings concern VAT practices in the yacht and aircraft sectors that are not considered in line with EU rules. Read more

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EU Tax Evasion
Council Adopts Directive Allowing Generalised Temporary Reversal of VAT Liability 
16 January 2019
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 20 December 2018, the Council adopted a Directive amending Directive 2006/112/EC on the common system of value added tax. It concerns the temporary application of a generalised reverse charge mechanism in relation to supplies of goods and services above a certain threshold. Read more

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EU Protection of Financial Interests Tax Evasion