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Passenger name records (PNR) for the prevention of terrorist offences and serious crime [European Parliament impact 2014-2019]

In April 2016, after five years of legislative work and lengthy negotiations, the co-legislators adopted the Directive on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime. Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

Victims of crimes [What Europe does for you]

With European elections coming up in May 2019, you probably want to know how the European Union impacts your daily life, before you think about voting. In the latest in a series of posts on what Europe does for you, your family, your business and your wellbeing, we look at what Europe does for victims of crimes. Continue reading

Area of freedom, security and justice: Untapped potential

Since the entry into force of the 1997 Treaty of Amsterdam, the EU offers its citizens an area of freedom, security and justice (AFSJ). Continue reading

Combating ‘honour’ crimes in the EU

Written by Martina Prpic Awareness of ‘honour’ crimes has increased in the EU in the past decade. Even though the majority of such crimes still usually go unreported, even when made known to the police, this type of crime has often been miscategorised. Experts have warned that this type of violent behaviour is different from, … Continue reading

La confiscation des produits du crime dans l’UE

2 language versions available in PDF format English version: Confiscation of the proceeds of crime in the EU German version: Einziehung der Erträge aus Straftaten in der EU La confiscation des avoirs d’origine criminelle est nécessaire à la prévention et à la lutte contre la criminalité organisée. À l’échelle internationale, des conventions des Nations Unies et du … Continue reading

A new chapter in the data retention controversy

In December 2013, Advocate-General Pedro Cruz Villalón delivered his opinion in a highly publicised case before the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) concerning the Data Retention Directive. This has reignited the debate over this controversial measure, described by the European Data Protection Supervisor as “the most privacy-invasive instrument ever adopted by the EU”. … Continue reading

Cyber security in the European Union

As modern economies have embraced information and communication technologies, they have become vulnerable to cyber attacks. Such attacks are mounted by a wide variety of actors, some state-affiliated or enjoying state support. The methods and tools used are however largely the same. Cyberspace is an open environment, which poses a serious challenge to policy-makers. Its … Continue reading

Droits des victimes de la criminalité: État des lieux et perspectives de l’action de l’UE

English language version available in PDF format Rights of victims of crime: State of play and prospects for EU action Chaque année, de nombreuses personnes sont victimes de la criminalité dans l’Union européenne (UE). Être victime peut avoir de lourdes conséquences. Des difficultés particulières peuvent surgir lorsque l’acte criminel survient dans un État membre autre … Continue reading

Strengthening victims’ rights in the EU

The issue of protecting victims in criminal proceedings has become a legislative priority at EU level in part due to the enhanced importance in the European debate of issues concerning the fundamental rights of accused and suspected persons, in particular the right to fair trial. The entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty created explicit EU competence to legislate on the rights … Continue reading

The European arrest warrant: a success story that needs to be revisited

Hurriedly adopted inter alia as a response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the European Arrest Warrant Framework Decision (EAWFD) is the flagship initiative of the EU judicial cooperation in criminal matters. Its cornerstone is the principle of mutual recognition. Applied to judicial decisions, the mutual recognition principle implies that a decision taken by a judicial … Continue reading

Combating the impunity of environmental crimes: which way to go?

Environmental disasters occur with alarming regularity and are still mainly dealt with (if at all) at domestic level. Still very low on the priorities list, environmental crimes enjoying high impunity need to be tackled as a matter of urgency. Focusing on possible ways of creating an effective system of monitoring and sanctioning such behaviours, the … Continue reading

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