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Council and EP Shape Regulation on Freezing and Confiscation Orders 
20 October 2018
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On 20 June 2018, the Council announced that a political agreement had been reached with the European Parliament on new EU rules for the mutual recognition of freezing and confiscating orders. Read more

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EU Freezing of Assets
EP Calls for Strict Implementation of Victims’ Protection Directive 
20 October 2018
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On 30 May 2018, the plenary of the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the implementation of Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support, and protection of victims of crime. Read more

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EU Victim Protection
Council Conclusions on Proctection of Victims of Terrorism 
20 October 2018
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On 5 June 2018, the JHA Council adopted conclusions on victims of terrorism. They mainly call for effective cooperation between the authorities and entities responsible for the protection of victims of terrorism in order to facilitate the rapid exchange of information and assistance in the event of a terrorist attack. Read more

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EU Victim Protection
Council Ready to Start Negotiations on Interoperability Legal Framework 
20 October 2018 (updated 5 months, 1 week ago)
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Despite criticism from data protection and fundamental rights organisations, the EU institutions continue to make progress in adopting legislation on the interoperability between EU information systems in the area of justice and home affairs. On behalf of the European Council, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) approved a mandate for negotiations on the proposed two regulations establishing a framework for interoperability on 14 June 2018. Read more

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EU Law Enforcement Cooperation Data Protection
Handbook on European Data Protection Law 
20 October 2018
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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
Report
What Hinders EU Cooperation? Where Should the EU Take Action – Scientific Study Gives Answers 
20 October 2018 (updated 6 months ago)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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