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Reference for Preliminary Ruling on Detention Conditions by Higher Regional Court of Hamburg 
22 June 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
Following the judgment of the Federal Constitutional Court blaming the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg for not having sufficiently taken into account a person’s right to a lawful judge, the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg lodged a reference for a preliminary ruling to the CJEU. Read more

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CJEU: Extradition Justifiable Despite EU’s Prohibition of Discrimination 
22 June 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 10 April 2018, the CJEU delivered a long-awaited judgment in a delicate legal question: whether the Union’s prohibition of discrimination on grounds of nationality (Art. 18 TFEU) affects national provisions that only ban the extradition of one’s Member States own nationals to third countries. In the affirmative, these national bans need to be extended to all Union citizens. Read more

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EDPS Opinion on International Agreements with Eight Third Countries 
22 June 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
On 20 December 2017, by means of eight Recommendations, the Commission has sought to obtain authorisation from the Council to start negotiations with Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey in order to conclude international agreements concerning the exchange of personal data between ... Read more

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EU Europol Data Protection
Higher Regional Court of Bremen Submits “Aranyosi III” 
22 June 2018 (updated 3 weeks, 6 days ago)
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 27 March 2018, the Higher Regional Court of Bremen/Germany, submitted a request to the CJEU seeking clarification of the CJEU’s case law on detention conditions as set out in the Aranyosi/Căldăraru case. Read more

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German Court: Surrender of Catalan Leader Puigdemont Possible But No Serious Flight Risk 
22 June 2018 (updated 3 weeks, 6 days ago)
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The surrender of Carles Puigdemont, who promoted the independence of Catalonia from Spain, became a matter for German authorities. On 25 March 2018, while returning to Belgium from a trip to Finland, Puigdemont was apprehended north of Germany, near the border to Denmark. Read more

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Commission Makes OLAF Fit as Partner of EPPO 
13 June 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 23 Mai 2018, the European Commission tabled a proposal to amend Regulation (EU, Euratom) 883/2013 concerning investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). Read more

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EU OLAF European Public Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO)
EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies’ Network Sets Priorities 
6 June 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
On 25 January 2018, the EU Justice and Home Affairs agencies’ network presented its work in 2017 and priorities for 2018 to the LIBE Committee.The network is currently composed of nine agencies: CEPOL, EASO, EIGE, EMCDDA, eu-LISA, Eurojust, Europol, FRA, and Frontex. EIGE took ... Read more

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Malware Mastermind Arrested 
6 June 2018 (updated 5 months, 2 weeks ago)
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
At the end of March 2018, the leader of the criminal gang behind the Carbanak and Cobalt malware attacks was arrested in Spain. Since 2013, the gang had been using forms of malware (called Anunak, Carbanak, and Cobalt) to attack banks, e-payment systems, and financial ... Read more

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EU Europol Cybercrime
Global Customs-Police Operation Seizes 41,000 Cultural Goods 
6 June 2018 (updated 5 months, 2 weeks ago)
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
From October to early December 2017, a first-time global customs-police operation, codenamed ATHENA, took place to counter the illicit trafficking of cultural objects, theft, and looting as well as internet sales.The results were as follows:Over 41,000 cultural goods, e.g., coins, paintings ... Read more

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OLAF and Guardia di Finanza Detect Large-Scale Fraud in the EU’s Research and Innovation Fund 
6 June 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 16 February 2018, OLAF reported a successful strike against an intricate fraud scheme that siphoned off more than €1.4 million from the EU’s Research and Innovation fund. An Italian-led consortium set up the fraud scheme, with alleged partners in France, Romania, and ... Read more

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EU OLAF
Malta to Join EPPO? 
6 June 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
At the JHA Council meeting on 9 March 2018, Malta expressed interest in joining the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. Malta is the second EU Member State that may join the new EU scheme designed to effectively combat EU fraud, after 20 EU Member States ... Read more

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Country Factsheets on Attitudes towards Corruption 
6 June 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 20 February 2017, the European Commission published country-specific factsheets to supplement the latest Eurobarometer surveys (nos. 457 and 470) on public attitudes towards corruption. The factsheets contain breakdowns of key results by Member State, comparing them with results from previous surveys as well as ... Read more

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RENFORCE Researchers Conclude a Comprehensive Comparative Report on the OLAF Legal Framework on the Exchange of Information 
Under the auspices of the Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe (RENFORCE), an international team of researchers has recently concluded a report entitled ‘Exchange of information with EU and national enforcement authorities: improving the OLAF legislative framework through a comparison with other EU authorities’. The project was co-funded under the Hercule III Programme of the European Commission/OLAF. Read more
Migrant Smuggling Ring Dismantled 
6 June 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle
On 21 March 2018, a joint operation between Slovenia, Kosovo, the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), and Europol led to the arrest of 12 migrant smugglers operating in the Balkans. Over the past year, this organized criminal group smuggled 300 people ... Read more

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Brexit Preparedness 
6 June 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
In January 2018, the European Commission launched a website that informs citizens and stakeholders of the consequences of the UK’s departure from the EU in a range of policy areas. The website is fed with documents on an ongoing basis that provide information on ... Read more

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