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Customs authorities detain nearly 36 million fake goods at EU borders in 2013 Choose translations of the previous link 

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31/07/2014

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Justice and citizens rights

Customs authorities in the EU detained almost 36 million items suspected of violating intellectual property rights (IPR) in 2013, according to the Commission's annual report on customs actions to enforce IPR.

 

Major progress in anti-fraud policy but Member States must do more to combat fraudChoose translations of the previous link 

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17/07/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Justice and citizens rights

Member States must step up their work to prevent, detect and report fraud affecting EU funds, according to the Commission's annual report on the protection of financial interests (PIF report).

 

Maritime surveillance: Joining forces with Member States for safer seas and oceans Choose translations of the previous link 

Ships at sea and compass design in water © EU

08/07/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The European Commission today took a further step towards more effective and cost-efficient surveillance of European Seas.

 

Commission proposes final step in OLAF reform processChoose translations of the previous link 

Algirdas Šemeta © EU

11/06/2014

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The Commission has proposed measures to further safeguard procedural guarantees in OLAF investigations, in order to complete the already comprehensive reform of the EU's anti-fraud office.

 

Fundamental Rights: Importance of EU Charter grows as citizens stand to benefitChoose translations of the previous link 

Viviane Reding © EU

14/04/2014

Justice and citizens rights

The report issued today provides a comprehensive overview of how fundamental rights have been successfully implemented in the EU over the past year. It highlights, for example, guidance given by the European Court of Justice to national judges on the applicability of the Charter when implementing EU law at national level.

 

March infringements package: main decisions Choose translations of the previous link 

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28/03/2014

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The Commission has taken 139 decisions, including 11 reasoned opinions and 3 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

 

Commission says yes to first successful European Citizens' InitiativeChoose translations of the previous link 

EU flag and crowd of people in the background

19/03/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Justice and citizens rights

Organisers of the Right2Water ECI called on the Commission to ensure that all EU citizens enjoy the right to water and  sanitation, to exclude water supply and management of water resources from internal market rules and liberalisation, and to increase its efforts to achieve universal access to water and sanitation around the world.

 

The 2014 EU Justice Scoreboard: Towards more effective justice systems in the EU Choose translations of the previous link 

Viviane Reding © EU

17/03/2014

Justice and citizens rights

Following the first edition in 2013, the 2014 European Justice Scoreboard will continue to assist Member States and the EU in achieving more effective justice systems, and hence contribute to fostering economic growth in the Union.

 

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MEPs tighten up rules to protect personal data in the digital era

12/03/2014

Justice and citizens rights, Science and technology

MEPs inserted stronger safeguards for EU citizens’ personal data that gets transferred to non-EU countries in a major overhaul of the EU’s data protection laws voted on Wednesday.

 

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European Commission presents a framework to safeguard the rule of law in the European Union

11/03/2014

Justice and citizens rights

The new rule of law framework will be complementary to infringement procedures - when EU law has been breached – and to the so-called 'Article 7 procedure' of the Lisbon Treaty which, at its most severe, allows for the suspension of voting rights in case of a "serious and persistent breach" of EU values by a Member State. 

 

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Parliament toughens up anti-money laundering rules

11/03/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Justice and citizens rights

The ultimate owners of companies and trusts would have to be listed in public registers in EU countries, under draft anti-money laundering rules voted by Parliament.

 

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Gender Pay Gap stagnates at 16.4% across Europe

28/02/2014

Justice and citizens rights

Women in Europe still work 59 days ‘for free’ – this is what the latest figures released today by the European Commission show.

 

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New rules make it easier to confiscate crooks’ assets across the EU

25/02/2014

Justice and citizens rights

Rules to make it easier for national authorities to freeze and confiscate crooks' assets across the EU were approved by Parliament.

 

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European Cybercrime Centre – one year on

10/02/2014

Justice and citizens rights, Science and technology

What are the main future cybercrime threats on the horizon? And how has the European Cybercrime Center (EC3) contributed to protect European citizens and businesses since its launch in January 2013? These questions are at the core of an EC3 report presented today.

 

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Parliament pushes for enforceable air passenger rights

05/02/2014

Justice and citizens rights, Transport and travel

Delayed or stranded air passengers would be likelier to win compensation, and airlines would get clear rules on how to deal with passenger complaints, under a draft law voted by Parliament.

 

Headphones with copyright symbol © EU

Copyright: cross-border licences for online music services

04/02/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Justice and citizens rights

New rules on music copyright approved by Parliament aim to make it easier for online providers to get licences to stream music in more than one EU country.

 

Trader and computer screens © EU

Financial market manipulators may face at least four years in jail

04/02/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Justice and citizens rights

Judges imposing their countries’ maximum penalties for serious offences such as manipulating the LIBOR benchmark interest rate would have to stipulate at least four years in jail under draft rules approved by Parliament.

 

Cecilia Malmström © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Commission unveils first EU Anti-Corruption Report

03/02/2014

Justice and citizens rights

The EU Anti-Corruption Report explains the situation in each Member State: what anti-corruption measures are in place, which ones are working well, what could be improved and how. 

 

Viviane Reding © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Commission acts to defend voting rights of EU citizens abroad

29/01/2014

Justice and citizens rights

The European Commission has issued guidance to EU-Member States which have rules in place leading to a loss of voting rights for citizens in national elections, simply because they have exercised their right to free movement in the EU.

 

László Andor © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Commission publishes guide on application of ‘Habitual Residence Test’ for social security

13/01/2014

Employment and social rights, Justice and citizens rights

The new guide gives more clarity about the EU 'Habitual Residence Test' and will facilitate its application in practice by Member States' authorities.

 

Ms. Viviane REDING, Vice President of the European Commission; Mr Juozas BERNATONIS, Lithuanian Minister of Home Affairs © EUpdf

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council

06/12/2013

Justice and citizens rights

Home affairs ministers took note of the communication provided by the European Commission on the free movement of EU citizens and their families and concluded that work will continue in cooperation with the member states on the basis of the five actions outlined in the communication.

 

Viviane Reding © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

The Right to… - a Fair Trial! Commission wants more safeguards for citizens in criminal proceedings

27/11/2013

Justice and citizens rights

The European Commission has presented a package of proposals to further strengthen procedural safeguards for citizens in criminal proceedings. The aim is to guarantee fair trial rights for all citizens, wherever they are in the European Union.

 

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Free movement of people: five actions to benefit citizens, growth and employment in the EU

25/11/2013

Employment and social rights, Justice and citizens rights

The joint responsibility of Member States and the EU institutions to uphold EU citizens' rights to live and work in another EU country is underlined in a policy paper just adopted by the European Commission.

 

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40% of seats on company boards for women

20/11/2013

Business, Justice and citizens rights

Companies listed on stock exchanges in the EU would have to bring in transparent recruitment procedures so that by 2020, at least 40% of their non-executive directors are women, under a draft EU directive voted by Parliament.

 

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Commission Proposal on Small Claims helps consumers and SMEs

19/11/2013

Business, Justice and citizens rights

The European Commission has proposed to strengthen the position of consumers and businesses in low-value cross-border disputes.

 

MEPs call for suspension of EU-US bank data deal in response to NSA snooping

USB cable © EU

23/10/2013

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Justice and citizens rights

The EU should suspend its Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) agreement with the US in response to the US National Security Agency's alleged tapping of EU citizens' bank data held by the Belgian company SWIFT, says a non-binding resolution voted by Parliament.

 

Cecilia Malmström © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Time for stronger EU action against gun violence

21/10/2013

Justice and citizens rights

The Commission is presenting suggestions on how to reduce gun related violence in Europe. It identifies actions at EU level, through legislation, operational activities, training and EU funding, to address the threats posed by the illegal use of firearms.

 

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Women on Boards: Share of Women up to 16.6% as European Parliament Committees back Commission proposal

14/10/2013

Justice and citizens rights

With this vote, the European Parliament (which decides with the Council of Ministers on an equal footing on this proposal), paves the way for further progress of the draft law in the EU legislative process.

 

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EU border surveillance: MEPs approve Eurosur operating rules

10/10/2013

External relations and foreign affairs, Justice and citizens rights

EU member states will be better equipped to prevent, detect and combat irregular migration, but also to save migrants' lives, thanks to the "Eurosur" border surveillance system, whose operating rules were approved by Parliament.

 

Cecilia Malmstrom and Alfonsas Barakauskas © EUpdf

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council

08/10/2013

Justice and citizens rights

Justice ministers had an in-depth discussion on the “one-stop-shop” mechanism, which is a key issue in the proposal for a General Data Protection Regulation. The Council agreed on a general approach on the proposal for a directive on the protection of the euro and other currencies against counterfeiting by criminal law.

 

Close up of gavel on table © EUpdf

Council adopts the directive on the right of access to a lawyer

07/10/2013

Justice and citizens rights

The Council adopted without discussion a directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings in a historic decision 10 years after the first attempts were made to agree on a legislative measure including notably the right to legal advice.

 

Viviane Reding © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

European Commission takes decisive action against legal highs

17/09/2013

Justice and citizens rights

Under the rules proposed by the Commission today, harmful psychoactive substances will be withdrawn quickly from the market, without jeopardising their various legitimate industrial and commercial uses.

 

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Parliament backs rules allowing suspension of visa-free travel only as a last resort

12/09/2013

Justice and citizens rights

Reciprocity rules enabling the EU to reimpose visa requirements for nationals of countries that still impose them on EU citizens were adopted by Parliament, in a revision of the EU visa regulation.

 

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Commission fills legal gaps for unitary patent protection

29/07/2013

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Justice and citizens rights

The European Commission has proposed to complete the legal framework for Europe-wide patent protection by updating EU rules on the jurisdiction of courts and recognition of judgements.

 

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Fighting fraud: Annual report underlines need for strong measures to protect EU budget

24/07/2013

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Justice and citizens rights

Fraud affecting the EU budget increased slightly in 2012 compared to 2011, according to the Commission's annual report on the "Protection of the EU's Financial Interests". On the expenditure side, in total, €315 million in EU funds were affected by fraud, or 0.25% of the expenditure budget.

 

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Commission proposes European Public Prosecutor's Office and reinforces OLAF procedural guarantees

17/07/2013

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Justice and citizens rights

The European Commission is taking action to improve Union-wide prosecution of criminals who defraud EU taxpayers by establishing a European Public Prosecutor's Office.

 

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Cyber attacks: Parliament adopts stricter EU-wide penalties

04/07/2013

Justice and citizens rights

Cyber criminals will face tougher penalties in the EU, under new rules adopted by Parliament. The draft directive, already informally agreed with member states, also aims to facilitate prevention and to boost police and judicial cooperation in this field. In the event of a cyber attack, EU countries will have to respond to urgent requests for help within eight hours.

 

Viviane Reding at the EP © EU

Parliament to launch in-depth inquiry into US surveillance programmes

04/07/2013

External relations and foreign affairs, Justice and citizens rights

Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee will conduct an "in-depth inquiry" into the US surveillance programmes, including the bugging of EU premises and other spying allegations, and present its results by the end of this year, says a resolution passed by the full House. Parliament's President and political group leaders formally confirmed the launch of the inquiry. MEPs also call for more protection for whistleblowers.

 

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Roma: Commission calls on Member States to step up efforts on integration

26/06/2013

The call follows the Commission's progress report released which shows that Member States need to do better in implementing their national Roma integration strategies submitted under the EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies.

 

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Parliament gives green light to the new European asylum system

12/06/2013

New rules laying down common procedures and deadlines for handling asylum applications and basic rights for asylum seekers arriving in the EU were endorsed by Parliament.