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New rules against non-cash payment fraud agreed with the Council

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 dicembre 2018

New EU rules to protect EU citizens against non-cash payment fraud, such as credit card theft, skimming or phishing, were agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on Tuesday.
Parliament and Council negotiators reached an informal agreement on combating fraud and counterfeiting of non-cash means of payment such as cards, electronic wallets, mobile payments and virtual currencies. Current gaps and differences among EU countries’ laws hamper prevention, detection and punishment of these crimes.The new rules would:establish the minimum penalty in cases where a judge imposes the national “maximum” custodial sentence for non-cash payment fraud,
include virtual-currency transactions in the scope of offences,
improve EU-wide cooperation and facilitate information exchange to ensure cross-border frauds are better dealt with,
strengthen assistance to non-cash fraud victims, such as psychological support, advice on financial, practical and legal matters, and
improve prevention and awareness-raising, e.g. through campaigning, education and on-line information tools with practical examples of fraud cases; special attention should be paid to the needs and interests of vulnerable people.
Non-cash payments are constantly increasing in the digital era. This has made non-cash payment fraud, such as credit card theft or fraud using newer technologies such as skimming or phishing, an important source of income for organised crime.Rapporteur Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann (S&D, DE) said: “Non-cash payments with credit cards or virtual currencies are used more and more frequently. Criminals exploit loopholes in the current legal framework which dates back to 2001. It was therefore high time to adapt the rules to fight non-cash fraud to the newest technological developments.” “We harmonised the definitions of online crime offences throughout the EU and introduced a minimum level for penalties. Moreover, the European Parliament achieved during the negotiations that the current rules for the protection of victims of non-cash fraud will be strengthened”, Ms Kaufmann added.
The agreed text now needs to be formally approved by the Civil Liberties Committee, Parliament as a whole and the Council before entering into force.

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Improved access to financial information to curb serious crime

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 dicembre 2018

New rules improving law enforcement authorities’ access to financial information to investigate serious crimes or terrorism were approved by Civil Liberties Committee.Financial data can offer valuable information to law enforcement authorities and can help them prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute serious crime and terrorism. The new rules aim to improve law enforcement authorities’ access to information and the cross-border exchange of financial information between EU authorities.The new rules agreed on Monday by the Civil Liberties Committee would:
facilitate the competent law enforcement authorities’ access to bank account information on a case-by-case basis,
provide for better cooperation between member states and between law enforcement authorities and the national Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), and
provide for deadlines on exchanging information to improve and speed up the process.
Rapporteur Emil Radev (EPP, BG) said: “The fight against serious crime often depends on timely access to information and on how well competent authorities understand money flows. That is why we need to strengthen the cooperation between financial intelligence units and competent authorities, while preserving their operational independence and autonomy.”
The draft report was approved by 29 to 2, with 6 abstentions. The committee also approved a mandate to start informal talks with the Council, which can start as soon as Parliament as a whole gives its green light.

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EUROPOL: New rules to step up EU police cooperation and fight terrorism

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 10 maggio 2016

europolThe EU police agency EUROPOL will soon be able to step up efforts to fight terrorism, cybercrime and other criminal offences and respond faster to threats, thanks to new governance rules up for final approval by Parliament on Wednesday 11 May in Strasbourg. The new powers come with strong data protection safeguards and democratic oversight tools. The draft rules, agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators in November last year, will enhance EUROPOL’s mandate to ensure that it is fully equipped to counter the rise in cross-border crimes and terrorist threats, in particular by making it easier for EUROPOL to set up specialised units to respond immediately to emerging threats.

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New rules to attract non-EU students, researchers and interns to the EU – last steps

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 aprile 2016

strasburgo-parlamento-europeoHarmonised EU entry and residence rules that will make it easier and more attractive for students and researchers from third countries to study or do research at EU universities were endorsed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday. The new rules also have provisions to clarify and improve conditions for non-EU interns, volunteers, school pupils and au pairs, so as to facilitate cultural exchanges. An informal agreement on the new rules to attract non-EU students, researchers and interns to the EU was reached with Council in November last year. Thursday’s vote on the Civil Liberties Committee’s recommendation for second reading brings the new directive one step closer to its final adoption which is scheduled for early May in Strasbourg. The new rules merge two existing directives (one on students and one on researchers) to ensure that:
• students and researchers will have the right to stay at least nine months after finishing their studies or research in order to look for a job or to set up a business, which should also ensure that Europe benefits from their skills. Today, it is individual EU member states which decide whether students and researchers from third countries may stay on after their studies or research have ended,
• it will be easier for students and researchers to move within the EU during their stay. Under the new rules, they will have to notify only the member state to which they are moving, for example to do a one-semester exchange, instead of having to submit a new visa application and wait for it to be processed, as is the case today. Researchers will also be able to move for longer periods than those currently allowed.
• researchers will have the right to bring their family members with them, also when they move within the EU, and these family members will also have the right to work during their stay in Europe, and
• students will have the right to work at least 15 hours a week
In addition to the rules on students and researchers, the new directive also has provisions for interns and volunteers under the European Volunteer Scheme, who will benefit from uniform conditions to enter Europe and increased protection once there, as well as optional provisions for other volunteers, school pupils and au pairs. This is the first time that third-country au pairs have been included in an EU law.
The final plenary vote is expected to take place in Strasbourg in May. The directive enters into force the day after its publication in the European Official Journal. After that, member states will have 2 years to transpose the new provisions into their national laws.

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Priorities of the Dutch Presidency Debate with Commissioner Avramopoulos

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 gennaio 2016

european parliamentNew rules to ensure that children who are suspected or accused of a crime are able to understand and follow the proceedings, to enable them to exercise their right to a fair trial, to prevent re-offending and foster their social integration were provisionally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on Tuesday evening. An estimated one million children come into formal contact with the police and judiciary in the EU each year (i.e. 12% of the total EU population facing criminal justice). However, their legal protection varies from country to country.”This agreement between the European Parliament and the Council is an important step in the creation of a European judicial area and in the development of a fairer and more effective model of juvenile justice, also in view of the social reintegration and prevention of recidivism of children involved in criminal proceedings”, said Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee rapporteur and lead negotiator on the proposal, Caterina Chinnici (S&D, IT).”Despite the large number of international instruments in this area, there was no, to date, a binding text defining what constitutes a ‘fair trial’ for children: this directive will provide a structured catalogue of rights for suspected or accused children, based on a set of minimum, interconnected standards aimed to meet the specific needs of children at all stages in criminal proceedings”, Ms Chinnici stressed.”At the end of a tough round of negotiations, we also succeeded in introducing, among other important rights, the crucial principle of mandatory assistance by a lawyer for children. For all these reasons, we are very proud of this directive and we hope that it will come into force at the earliest possible time”, she added.The deal on the text of the directive was reached in the ninth “trilogue” (three-way talks between Parliament, Council and Commission negotiators) on Tuesday evening.
During the negotiations, MEPs sought to strengthen the rules on assistance by a lawyer and to limit the derogations to this obligation, since children, as vulnerable persons, are not always able to fully understand and follow criminal proceedings. MEPs also inserted provisions throughout the text to ensure that “the child’s best interests are always a primary consideration”.
Other safeguards for children (i.e. persons under the age of 18) included in the agreed text are, for example:
the right to be promptly informed about their rights and about general aspects of the conduct of the proceedings;
information shall also be provided to the holder of parental responsibility or another appropriate adult, nominated by the child and accepted as such by the competent authority; children shall have the right to be accompanied by that person during court hearings in which they are involved and, under certain conditions, also during other stages of the proceedings, e.g. during police questioning;
the right to be individually assessed by qualified personnel – the assessment shall in particular take into account the personality and maturity of the child, their economic, social and family background, as well as any specific vulnerabilities of the child;children who are deprived of liberty shall have the right to a medical examination without undue delay, which shall be as non-invasive as possible;deprivation of liberty, in particular detention, shall only be imposed as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time. Member states shall ensure that, wherever possible, the competent authorities shall have recourse to alternative measures instead of detention;children who are kept in police-custody shall be held separately from adults, unless it is considered in the child’s best interests not to do so; the right to protection of privacy during the criminal proceedings, including the option of having court hearings involving children held in the absence of the public.

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New rules on CEPOL to improve cross-border police training and cooperation in the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 30 ottobre 2015

european parliamentCross-border police training and cooperation among national police authorities will be stepped up to effectively counter organised crime, cybercrime and terrorist threats thanks to an update of the rules governing the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training, CEPOL, approved by the European Parliament on Thursday.”The urgency and continuous development of security threats, such as e.g. terrorism and cybercrime, or the growing demand by migratory flows, make it crucial that European law enforcement authorities receive training of highest standard and are equipped with the most modern tools to effectively counter fight organised crime”, said Parliament’s lead MEP Kinga Gál (EPP, HU) after the agreement had been endorsed by 506 votes to 90, with 42 abstentions.”The European dimension of CEPOL’s activity is also instrumental in building mutual trust and cross border cooperation among national law enforcement authorities, which is a key element in combatting criminal organisations which operate more and more at international level”, she added. On the negotiations, Mrs Gál said: “Two main issues were crucial in this regulation for the Parliament: on the one hand CEPOL should be established as an independent EU Agency, with clear tasks and accountability, and in line with the Lisbon Treaty, in the shortest possible time; on the other hand fundamental rights should become visible in the agency’s mandate and CEPOL should promote a common respect for and understanding of fundamental rights in law enforcement.”

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Future Depends on You. New Rules

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 maggio 2009

futureMoscow Museum of Modern Art  25, Petrovka Street – Moscow until 2/8/2009 Future Depends on You. New Rules- – is a new form of cooperation between proactive Russian state museums and private initiators.  The general sponsor for the project in Russian cities is MegaFon, first all-Russian mobile network operator, uniting people through communication.  The educational aim of the project -Future Depends on You. New Rules- is to popularize contemporary art.  The works in the collection belong to New Rules company. Pierre-Christian Brochet, the director of New Rules, compiled the collection specially for this regional tour taking into account art advisers’ recommendations. The collection of New Rules presents a mini-museum of contemporary Russian art and falls into 7 theme-sections: -Idea-, -Neoclassicism-, -Parody-, -Psychedelia-, -Revolution-, -Society- and -Body-. The concept was conceived by art critic Valentin Dyakonov.  87 works by contemporary Russian artists have traveled all over Russia by all means of transport: by plane, by train, by car. Total weight of all exhibits and exhibition equipment is 5 tons. The art works are insured by -Alfa Strakhovanie- for 42mln. rubles covering the entire exhibition period.
Artists: AES+F, Yuri Albert, Sergey Bratkov, Anna Brochet, Sergey Bugaev (Africa), Dmitry Gutov, Georgy Guryanov, Vladimir Dubossarsky and Alexander Vinogradov, Konstantin Zvezdochetov, Alexey Kallima, Valery Koshlyakov, Oleg Kulik, Vladislav Mamyshev(Monroe), Andrey Monastyrsky, Timur Novikov, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Aidan Salakhova, Pavel Pepperstein, Blue Noses, Olga Chernysheva, Sergey Shehovtsov (Porolon). Many of them took part in the tour. Thanks to -MegaFon- and -New Rules-, Russian citizens could meet contemporary Russian art stars, regular participants of international exhibitions, and contemporary art biennales. They learnt that art works by these artists are held in museum and private collections in Europe, US, and Asia, that interest in Russian art is growing every year.  The organizers of the project united Russia’s regions by introducing them to global cultural process and dynamic art market. culture. (image future)

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