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Published on December 18th, 2017 | by Elpida Tsiaka

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Security Union: Improving the tools available to judicial and police authorities to fight terrorism and cross-border crime

On 8 December EU Justice Ministers agreed on general approaches on two European Commission proposals that contribute to completing the Security Union. First, the European Commission’s proposal extending the European Criminal Records Information System to third country nationals will make it easier for judicial authorities to exchange information on criminal convictions of non-EU citizens. Secondly, the proposed Regulation on the mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation orders will simplify the current procedures and improve the cross-border enforcement of freezing and confiscation orders. Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality said: “We are equipping judicial and police authorities with the tools to improve the fight against terrorism and cross-border crime. Time is of the essence; we need cross-border cooperation to be faster to catch criminals and terrorists wherever they are in the EU. A faster exchange of criminal records, which include fingerprints, will help authorities know easily the criminal past of anyone they arrest. With only 2% of criminal proceedings recovered, facilitating the confiscation and freezing of assets across borders will help cut off criminals’ financial means. I urge the Parliament and the Council to conclude their work as quickly as possible. European citizens deserve more security.” The trilogues between the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council – on both proposals- should start as soon as the European Parliament votes on its position early 2018.

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