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Practice: Successful Cooperation Between OLAF and U.A.E. 
20 October 2018
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On 12 July 2018, OLAF reported that a joint inspection with Dubai customs led to the seizure of a total of 82 tons of counterfeit steel pipes in the port of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Read more

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OLAF’s New Director-General 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
On 20 June 2018, the Commission appointed Ville Itälä from Finland as new Director-General of OLAF. He took office on 1 August 2018. Mr. Itälä is the successor to Giovanni Kesslerfrom Italy who was appointed the head of the Italian Customs and Monopoly Agency. Read more

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EP Sees Functioning of Schengen Area Critically 
20 October 2018
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The resolution points out the progresses made in strengthening the Schengen area over the last several years: The creation of the European Border and Coast Guard; The introduction of mandatory, systematic checks against relevant databases at the external borders on entry and exit for third-country nationals and for EU nationals; The new entry and exit registration system. Read more

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European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS): Legislation Adopted 
20 October 2018 (updated 3 months ago)
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n September 2018, the Council and the European Parliament formally adopted the EU legislation introducing a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (in short: ETIAS). The legal framework consisting of two regulations was published in the Official Journal of the European Union L 236 of 19 September 2018. Read more

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Brexit: EP Think Tank Analysis Draft Withdrawal Agreement 
20 October 2018
2018-Max_Planck_Herr_Wahl_1355_black white_Zuschnitt.jpg Thomas Wahl
In July 2018, the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) released an in-depth analysis on the draft withdrawal agreement published by the European Commission on 19 March 2018. Additional points settled in negotiations up to June 2018 were also included. The report aims at providing an overview of the main areas already settled by the negotiators as well as areas of persisting difficulty or disagreement. Read more

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CEPS and QMUL Report Outlines UK-EU Cooperation in Criminal Justice and Police Matters after Brexit 
20 October 2018 (updated 3 years, 6 months ago)
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The Task Force set up by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) – a Brussels-based think tank – and the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) published a report that extensively examines the key issues, main options, and alternative models … Read more

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Think Tank Considers Solutions for a Post-Brexit JHA Deal 
20 October 2018 (updated 3 years, 6 months ago)
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The Institute for Government – a London-based think tank on governmental challenges – published a report entitled “Negotiating Brexit: policing and criminal justice” in September 2018. Read more

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Commission Proposes New Justice, Rights and Values Fund 
20 October 2018 (updated 3 years, 6 months ago)
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As part of the Commission’s proposals for a new long-term EU budget, the Commission proposed a new “Justice, Rights and Values fund”. The fund will further contribute to the development of a European area of justice by simplifying the budgetary line into one financial programme. Read more

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Commission Continues to Struggle with Poland on Rule-of-Law Compliance 
20 October 2018 (updated 6 months ago)
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The controversy between the European Commission and Poland entered into another round in summer 2018. On 2 July 2018, the Commission decided to launch an infringement procedure against Poland regarding the Polish law on the Supreme Court. Read more

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EU 2017 Report on Human Rghts and Democracy in the World 
20 October 2018
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On 28 May 2018, the General Secretariat of the Council published the EU’s annual report on human rights and democracy in the world in 2017. Read more

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Commission Report on the Application of CFR in 2017 
20 October 2018 (updated 3 years, 6 months ago)
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On 6 June 2018, the Commission published its annual report on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (CFR) in the EU in 2017. It is the 7th report of its kind after the CFR became legally binding with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December 2009. Read more

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CEPEJ: 2018 Report on European Judicial Systems 
20 October 2018
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On 4 October 2018, the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice of the CoE (CEPEJ) published its seventh evaluation report, based on data from 2016,on the main trends in the judicial systems of 45 European countries. Read more

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Practical Adviser on the Use of Channels for Information Exchange 
20 October 2018
Riehle_Cornelia_Neu_SW.jpg Cornelia Riehle LL.M.
In July 2018, the Working Party on Information Exchange and Data Protection (DAPIX) published a Practical Adviser complementing the Manual on Law Enforcement Information Exchange. Read more

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German Bar Association Highly Critical of EU’s e-evidence Initiative 
20 October 2018 (updated 3 years, 6 months ago)
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On 4 September 2018, the German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein − DAV) published a statement on the two legislative proposals of the Commission on e-evidence (see eucrim 1/2018, pp. 35-36). The statement (SN 42/18) criticises the initiative. Read more

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German Court Held Extradition of Catalan Leader Puigdemont Partly Inadmissable 
20 October 2018 (updated 3 years, 6 months ago)
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In the most prominent European Arrest Warrant case in Germany in recent time, the possible surrender of former Catalan Regional President Carles Puigdemont to Spain, the First Senate for Criminal Matters of the Higher Regional Court of the State of Schleswig-Holstein rendered its final admissibility decision on 12 July 2018. Read more

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