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Directive (EU) 2017/541 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2017 on combating terrorism and replacing Council Framework Decision 2002/475/JHA and amending Council Decision 2005/671/JHA

The attacks carried out on European soil since 2014 called for further EU action. Framework Decision 2002/475/JHA already criminalised certain terrorist acts. However, it did not explicitly require the criminalisation of travelling for the purpose of terrorism, nor did it explicitly require the criminalisation of being trained for terrorist purposes referred to in the UN Security Council...
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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation orders

In December 2016, the Commission tabled a Proposal for a Regulation on the mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation orders, pursuant to Article 82(1) TFEU. Once adopted, the Regulation...
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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on countering money laundering by criminal law

In December 2016, the Commission tabled a Proposal for a new Directive on countering money laundering by means of criminal law, pursuant to Article 83(1) TFEU. Once adopted, it shall replace the...
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Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2016/2030 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2016 amending Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 883/2013, as regards the secretariat of the Supervisory Committee of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)

On 4 March 2016, the Commission tabled a proposal for a regulation amending regulation 883/2013, which governs the work of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), in order to reinforce the...
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Directive (EU) 2016/1919 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2016 on legal aid for suspects and accused persons in criminal proceedings and for requested persons in European arrest warrant proceedings

On 30 November 2009, the Council adopted a Resolution on a Roadmap for strengthening the procedural rights of suspected or accused persons in criminal proceedings. Taking a step-by-step...
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Directive (EU) 2016/943 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2016 on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure

In November 2013, the Commission proposed a draft directive that will align existing laws against the misappropriation of trade secrets across the EU. The Directive harmonises the definition of...
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Regulation (EU) 2016/794 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 on the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) and replacing and repealing Council Decisions 2009/371/JHA, 2009/934/JHA, 2009/935/JHA, 2009/936/J

Europol (once the European Police Office, now the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation) was established in 1995 and is located in The Hague. Its role is to support and strengthen...
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