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Use of financial data for preventing and combatting serious crime [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Carmen-Cristina Cirlig (1st edition),

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On 17 April 2018, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a directive intended to facilitate law enforcement authorities’ access to and use of financial information held in other jurisdictions within the EU for investigations related to terrorism and other serious crime. In this sense, the proposed directive would grant competent authorities direct access to bank account information contained in centralised registries set up in each Member State, according to the provisions of the Fifth Anti-Money-Laundering Directive. The proposal also aims to strengthen domestic and cross-border exchange of information between EU Member States’ competent authorities, including law enforcement authorities and financial intelligence units, as well as with Europol. Following the Council’s adoption of its negotiating position in November 2018, on 3 December 2018, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties adopted its report and mandate in view of interinstitutional negotiations. This mandate was confirmed in plenary in December 2018.

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Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules facilitating the use of financial and other information for the prevention, detection, investigation or prosecution of certain criminal offences and repealing Council Decision 2000/642/JHA
Committee responsible: Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) COM(2018) 213 final of 17.4.2018
Rapporteur: Emil Radev (EPP, Bulgaria) 2018/0212(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Caterina Chinnici (S&D, Italy)
Helga Stevens (ECR, Belgium)
Morten Helveg Petersen (ALDE, Denmark)
Kostas Chrysogonos (GUE/NGL, Greece)
Eva Joly (Greens/EFA, France)
Ignazio Corrao (EFDD, Italy)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Trilogue negotiations
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