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Convention of 26 July 1995 on the establishment of a European Police Office (Europol Convention)

The Europol Convention, which came into force on 1 October 1998, provided the legal basis for Europol. Although the establishment of Europol was foreseen in the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, Europol is not a ‘classic‘ EU agency. It was founded as an international organisation with its own legal acquis, funded directly by contributions from the EU Member States. The Convention was amended three...
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Convention of 26 July 1995 on the use of information technology for customs purposes

The purpose of this act is to assist in preventing, investigating and prosecuting serious breaches of national laws by increasing, through the rapid dissemination of information, the effectiveness...
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Convention of 26 July 1995 on the protection of the European Communities' financial interests (and its protocols)

Since 1995, a convention has been in place which seeks to protect, under criminal law, the financial interests of the EU and its taxpayers. Over the years, the Convention on the Protection of the...
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Convention of 10 March 1995 on simplified extradition procedure between the Member States of the European Union

At international level, there are a multitude of extradition agreements such as the European Convention on Extradition of the Council of Europe, an international organisation that is separate from...
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Council Directive 91/308/EEC of 10 June 1991 on prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering

This Directive represents the first stage in combating money laundering at Community level. The Directive defines the concepts of credit institution, financial institution and money laundering. In...
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Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement of 14 June 1985 between the Governments of the States of the Benelux Economic Union, the Federal Republic of Germany and the French Republic on the gradual abolition of checks at their common borders

On 19 June 1990 the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement was signed. Its key points relate to measures designed to create, following the abolition of common border checks, a common...
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Agreement between the Governments of the States of Benelux Economic Union, the Federal Republic of Germany and the French Republic on the gradual abolition of checks at their common borders signed in Schengen

The Schengen Agreement led to the creation of Europe's borderless Schengen Area. The treaty was signed on 14 June 1985 by five of the ten member states of the then European Economic Community near...
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