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2017/03/29
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
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2016/10/25
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2016/10/25
   EP - Decision by Parliament
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The European Parliament adopted by 545 votes to 91, with 61 abstentions a resolution on the fight against corruption and follow-up of the CRIM resolution.

Following on from the recommendations set out in their resolution of 23 October 2013 on organised crime, corruption and money laundering, Members reiterated their call for the adoption of a European Action Plan to eradicate organised crime, corruption and money laundering, which should have adequate financial resources and qualified staff in order to be effective.

The resolution pointed out that the fight against fraud, corruption and money laundering must be a political priority for the EU institutions, and that police and judicial cooperation between Member States is therefore crucial.

The following recommendations were made:

Ensure the correct transposition of existing rules : Members called on the Commission to complete its assessment of the measures taken to transpose these instruments, to inform Parliament of the findings and, if necessary, to initiate infringement proceedings, especially with regard to Council Framework Decision 2008/841/JHA on the fight against organised crime and Directive 2008/99/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of the environment through criminal law.

Parliament stressed in this regard the role of the European crime prevention network and the need to give it financial support.

Priorities and operational structure : Parliament suggested:

combating crimes of association, rather than simply combating so-called target crimes; combating money laundering, corruption and human trafficking among its priorities within a genuine European anti–corruption strategy; establishing a specialist Europol unit to combat organised criminal groups which operate in several sectors at the same time.

A stronger legislative framework : with a view to filling gaps that may exist in the fight against organised crime and corruption and to improve cross-border judicial cooperation , Parliament called on the Commission to:

revise existing legislation in order to introduce effective, proportionate and dissuasive penalties and to clarify the common definitions of crimes, including that of membership of a criminal organisation or association; submit a revised legislative proposal to combat environmental crimes.

The Commission should also draft minimum rules concerning the definition of offences and penalties in the following areas:

general definitions of ‘public official’, the crime of fraud and the crime of corruption; a legislative proposal instituting a dedicated European programme to protect witnesses and persons who cooperate with the judicial process by reporting criminal organisations and organisations; a legislative proposal defining and instituting common rules for the protection of whistleblowers to be issued before the end of 2017; additional legislative initiatives for strengthening the rights of suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings, with respect inter alia to pre–trial detention; specific legislation to fight the export of radioactive materials and hazardous waste and the illegal trade in fauna and flora.

More effective police and judicial cooperation at EU level : the Commission was invited to launch specific actions to enhance European cooperation in the fight against organised crime, corruption and money laundering.

Member States were asked to:

systematically input, make use of and exchange all data deemed necessary and relevant concerning persons convicted of an offence linked to organised crime held in existing European databases and to invite the EU agencies Europol and Eurojust to facilitate this exchange of information; systematically exchange all PNR data deemed necessary and relevant concerning persons linked to organised crime.

Seizing the assets of criminal organisations : the Commission was asked to submit a legislative proposal to ensure mutual recognition of seizure and confiscation orders linked to national asset-protection measures.

The Commission and Member States were called upon to strengthen EU measures on the tracing, freezing and confiscation of proceeds of crime , as well as the management of frozen and confiscated property and its re-use for social purposes and as compensation for families of victims and businesses adversely affected by loan-sharking and racketeering.

Preventing organised crime and corruption from infiltrating the legal economy :

Parliament called on the Member States and the European institutions:

to implement public procurement monitoring instruments , to draw up blacklists of any undertakings which have proven links with organised crime and/or engaged in corrupt practices and to bar them from entering into an economic relationship with a public authority and from benefiting from EU funds; to create specialised structures at national level to detect criminal organisations and to exclude public tender entities that are implicated in corrupt practices or money laundering; to increase the transparency of monetary transactions and to improve the traceability of transactions back to natural persons in order to trace criminal and terrorist funding (‘follow the moneyʼ principle);.

On a specific level , Parliament recommended, inter alia:

taking all necessary steps to prevent and combat counterfeiting of goods, medicines and agri-food products; tackling the links between the drugs market and other criminal activities and the impact that they have on the legal economy and legal trade; combatting the use by criminal organisations of the legal and illegal gambling circuits and match–fixing to launder money; giving special attention to tax havens and countries that pursue non-transparent or harmful tax prices, since EUR 1 trillion is lost to tax evasion and avoidance every year in the EU; developing a common action plan to prevent and combat illegal environment-related activities connected to organised, mafia-style criminal activities, such as illegal waste trafficking and disposal , including that of toxic waste , and destruction of the natural heritage; reinforcing Union legislation and cooperation between the Member States and with the Union agencies in the area of cybercrime ; ensuring that the financing and support of terrorism by means of organised crime is made punishable and rapidly implement the Commission action plan against illicit trafficking in, and use of, firearms and explosives; ensuring that progress is made on international cooperation to combat trafficking in order to eradicate people-smuggling and minimise the influence of trafficking networks; developing an effective anti-corruption strategy in foreign policy to fight effectively against corruption and financial crime.

European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) : Members called once again for the establishment as soon as possible, with the participation of as many Member States as possible, of an EPPO that is efficient and independent from national governments and the EU institutions, and protected from political influence and pressure. The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) should constitute a central element in the fight against corruption in the European Union.

Documents
2016/10/25
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2016/10/24
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2016/10/07
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary
Details

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted the own-initiative report by Laura FERRARA (EFDD, IT) on the fight against corruption and follow-up of the CRIM resolution.

Following on from the recommendations set out in their resolution of 23 October 2013 on organised crime, corruption and money laundering, Members reiterated their call for the adoption of a European Action Plan to eradicate organised crime, corruption and money laundering, which should have adequate financial resources and qualified staff in order to be effective.

Stressing that the fight against fraud, corruption and money laundering must be a political priority for the EU institutions , the report made the following recommendations:

Ensure the correct transposition of existing rules, monitor their application and assess whether they are effective: Members called on the Commission to complete its assessment of the measures taken to transpose these instruments, to inform Parliament in full of the findings and, if necessary, to initiate infringement proceedings, especially with regard to Council Framework Decision 2008/841/JHA on the fight against organised crime and Directive 2008/99/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of the environment through criminal law.

The report recommended that the EU become a member of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), and that a study be made by the Commission of the national bodies of law that are most advanced , in order to develop European legislation which is effective and pioneering.

Priorities and operational structure : Members called for priorities to be set which are consistent with EU crime prevention policies and with economic, social, employment and education policies, and for Parliament to be fully involved in that process. They also called for the establishment of a specialist Europol unit to combat organised criminal groups that operate in several sectors at the same time.

A stronger legislative framework : the Commission was asked to propose legislation to fill any gaps that may exist in the fight against organised crime and corruption and to improve cross-border judicial cooperation. Members called on it, in particular:

to revise existing legislation in order to introduce effective, proportionate and dissuasive penalties and to clarify the common definitions of crimes, including that of membership of a criminal organisation or association; to submit a revised legislative proposal to combat environmental crimes.

The Commission should also draft minimum rules concerning the definition of offences and penalties in the following areas: (i) general definitions of ‘public official’, the crime of fraud and the crime of corruption; (ii) a particular type of criminal organisation whose participants take advantage of the intimidating power of the association and of the resulting conditions of submission and silence to commit offences; (iii) a dedicated European programme to protect witnesses and persons who cooperate with the judicial process by reporting criminal organisations; (iv) protection of whistle-blowers; (v) strengthening the rights of suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings, with respect inter alia to pre–trial detention; (vi) legislation to fight the export of radioactive materials and hazardous waste and the illegal trade in fauna and flora.

More effective police and judicial cooperation at EU level : the Commission was invited to launch specific actions to enhance European cooperation in the fight against organised crime, corruption and money laundering. Member States were asked to systematically input, make use of and exchange all data deemed necessary and relevant concerning persons convicted of an offence linked to organised crime held in existing European databases and to invite the EU agencies Europol and Eurojust to facilitate this exchange of information. Members stressed the urgent need to create a more efficient system for communication and information exchange among judicial authorities within the EU.

Seizing the assets of criminal organisations : the Commission was asked to submit a legislative proposal to ensure mutual recognition of seizure and confiscation orders linked to national asset-protection measures. Members called on the Commission and Member States to strengthen EU measures on the tracing, freezing and confiscation of proceeds of crime , as well as the management of frozen and confiscated property and its re-use for social purposes and as compensation for families of victims and businesses adversely affected by loan-sharking and racketeering.

Preventing organised crime and corruption from infiltrating the legal economy : Members called for the implementation of a comprehensive ‘e-procurement’ system throughout the EU in order to reduce the risk of corruption in public procurement. They suggested drawing up blacklists and asked Member States to introduce anti-organised-crime certification for companies.

In order to prevent money laundering through complex company structures, Member States should establish measures to improve the traceability of transactions back to natural persons in order to trace criminal and terrorist funding (‘follow the moneyʼ principle). The Commission and Member States should require contractors to reveal their full corporate structure and beneficial owners before awarding any contracts to them.

Members also called for:

Member States to adopt specific legislation to prevent and curb the activities of professionals, banks, civil servants and politicians at all levels, who, although not members of criminal organisations, support them at various levels; strengthening legislative provisions designed to guarantee greater transparency and traceability of financial flows, in particular the management of EU funds.

With regard to specific areas requiring action , Members recommended, inter alia:

taking all necessary steps to prevent and combat counterfeiting of goods, medicines and agri-food products; tackling the links between the drugs market and other criminal activities and the impact that they have on the legal economy and legal trade; combatting the use by criminal organisations of the legal and illegal gambling circuits and match–fixing to launder money; giving special attention to tax havens and countries that pursue non-transparent or harmful tax prices, since EUR 1 trillion is lost to tax evasion and avoidance every year in the EU; developing a common action plan to prevent and combat illegal environment-related activities connected to organised, mafia-style criminal activities, such as illegal waste trafficking and disposal, including that of toxic waste , and destruction of the natural heritage; reinforcing Union legislation and cooperation between the Member States and with the Union agencies in the area of cybercrime; ensuring that the financing and support of terrorism by means of organised crime is made punishable and rapidly implement the Commission action plan against illicit trafficking in, and use of, firearms and explosives; ensuring that progress is made on international cooperation to combat trafficking in order to eradicate people-smuggling and minimise the influence of trafficking networks; developing an effective anti-corruption strategy in foreign policy to fight effectively against corruption and financial crime.

European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) : Members called once again for the establishment as soon as possible, with the participation of as many Member States as possible, of an EPPO that is efficient and independent from national governments and the EU institutions, and protected from political influence and pressure.

Documents
2016/10/03
   EP - Vote in committee
2016/07/04
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2016/04/25
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2016/04/22
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2016/04/11
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2015/11/18
   EP - PITERA Julia (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in CONT
2015/06/10
   EP - CORRAO Ignazio (EFDD) appointed as rapporteur in DEVE
2015/05/21
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2015/05/06
   EP - FERRARA Laura (EFDD) appointed as rapporteur in LIBE

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Votes

A8-0284/2016 - Laura Ferrara - § 42, point b #

2016/10/25 Outcome: +: 527, -: 94, 0: 75
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A8-0284/2016 - Laura Ferrara - Résolution #

2016/10/25 Outcome: +: 545, -: 91, 0: 61
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AmendmentsDossier
289 2015/2110(INI)
2016/03/04 CONT 46 amendments...
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2016/04/07 DEVE 43 amendments...
source: 580.446
2016/07/04 LIBE 200 amendments...
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  • date: 2016-04-11T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE571.738 title: PE571.738 type: Committee draft report body: EP
  • date: 2016-04-22T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE573.169&secondRef=04 title: PE573.169 committee: CONT type: Committee opinion body: EP
  • date: 2016-04-25T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE575.224&secondRef=02 title: PE575.224 committee: DEVE type: Committee opinion body: EP
  • date: 2016-07-04T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE584.102 title: PE584.102 type: Amendments tabled in committee body: EP
  • date: 2017-03-29T00:00:00 docs: url: /oeil/spdoc.do?i=27631&j=0&l=en title: SP(2017)54 type: Commission response to text adopted in plenary
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  • date: 2015-05-21T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
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  • date: 2016-10-07T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2016-0284&language=EN title: A8-0284/2016 summary: The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted the own-initiative report by Laura FERRARA (EFDD, IT) on the fight against corruption and follow-up of the CRIM resolution. Following on from the recommendations set out in their resolution of 23 October 2013 on organised crime, corruption and money laundering, Members reiterated their call for the adoption of a European Action Plan to eradicate organised crime, corruption and money laundering, which should have adequate financial resources and qualified staff in order to be effective. Stressing that the fight against fraud, corruption and money laundering must be a political priority for the EU institutions , the report made the following recommendations: Ensure the correct transposition of existing rules, monitor their application and assess whether they are effective: Members called on the Commission to complete its assessment of the measures taken to transpose these instruments, to inform Parliament in full of the findings and, if necessary, to initiate infringement proceedings, especially with regard to Council Framework Decision 2008/841/JHA on the fight against organised crime and Directive 2008/99/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of the environment through criminal law. The report recommended that the EU become a member of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), and that a study be made by the Commission of the national bodies of law that are most advanced , in order to develop European legislation which is effective and pioneering. Priorities and operational structure : Members called for priorities to be set which are consistent with EU crime prevention policies and with economic, social, employment and education policies, and for Parliament to be fully involved in that process. They also called for the establishment of a specialist Europol unit to combat organised criminal groups that operate in several sectors at the same time. A stronger legislative framework : the Commission was asked to propose legislation to fill any gaps that may exist in the fight against organised crime and corruption and to improve cross-border judicial cooperation. Members called on it, in particular: to revise existing legislation in order to introduce effective, proportionate and dissuasive penalties and to clarify the common definitions of crimes, including that of membership of a criminal organisation or association; to submit a revised legislative proposal to combat environmental crimes. The Commission should also draft minimum rules concerning the definition of offences and penalties in the following areas: (i) general definitions of ‘public official’, the crime of fraud and the crime of corruption; (ii) a particular type of criminal organisation whose participants take advantage of the intimidating power of the association and of the resulting conditions of submission and silence to commit offences; (iii) a dedicated European programme to protect witnesses and persons who cooperate with the judicial process by reporting criminal organisations; (iv) protection of whistle-blowers; (v) strengthening the rights of suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings, with respect inter alia to pre–trial detention; (vi) legislation to fight the export of radioactive materials and hazardous waste and the illegal trade in fauna and flora. More effective police and judicial cooperation at EU level : the Commission was invited to launch specific actions to enhance European cooperation in the fight against organised crime, corruption and money laundering. Member States were asked to systematically input, make use of and exchange all data deemed necessary and relevant concerning persons convicted of an offence linked to organised crime held in existing European databases and to invite the EU agencies Europol and Eurojust to facilitate this exchange of information. Members stressed the urgent need to create a more efficient system for communication and information exchange among judicial authorities within the EU. Seizing the assets of criminal organisations : the Commission was asked to submit a legislative proposal to ensure mutual recognition of seizure and confiscation orders linked to national asset-protection measures. Members called on the Commission and Member States to strengthen EU measures on the tracing, freezing and confiscation of proceeds of crime , as well as the management of frozen and confiscated property and its re-use for social purposes and as compensation for families of victims and businesses adversely affected by loan-sharking and racketeering. Preventing organised crime and corruption from infiltrating the legal economy : Members called for the implementation of a comprehensive ‘e-procurement’ system throughout the EU in order to reduce the risk of corruption in public procurement. They suggested drawing up blacklists and asked Member States to introduce anti-organised-crime certification for companies. In order to prevent money laundering through complex company structures, Member States should establish measures to improve the traceability of transactions back to natural persons in order to trace criminal and terrorist funding (‘follow the moneyʼ principle). The Commission and Member States should require contractors to reveal their full corporate structure and beneficial owners before awarding any contracts to them. Members also called for: Member States to adopt specific legislation to prevent and curb the activities of professionals, banks, civil servants and politicians at all levels, who, although not members of criminal organisations, support them at various levels; strengthening legislative provisions designed to guarantee greater transparency and traceability of financial flows, in particular the management of EU funds. With regard to specific areas requiring action , Members recommended, inter alia: taking all necessary steps to prevent and combat counterfeiting of goods, medicines and agri-food products; tackling the links between the drugs market and other criminal activities and the impact that they have on the legal economy and legal trade; combatting the use by criminal organisations of the legal and illegal gambling circuits and match–fixing to launder money; giving special attention to tax havens and countries that pursue non-transparent or harmful tax prices, since EUR 1 trillion is lost to tax evasion and avoidance every year in the EU; developing a common action plan to prevent and combat illegal environment-related activities connected to organised, mafia-style criminal activities, such as illegal waste trafficking and disposal, including that of toxic waste , and destruction of the natural heritage; reinforcing Union legislation and cooperation between the Member States and with the Union agencies in the area of cybercrime; ensuring that the financing and support of terrorism by means of organised crime is made punishable and rapidly implement the Commission action plan against illicit trafficking in, and use of, firearms and explosives; ensuring that progress is made on international cooperation to combat trafficking in order to eradicate people-smuggling and minimise the influence of trafficking networks; developing an effective anti-corruption strategy in foreign policy to fight effectively against corruption and financial crime. European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) : Members called once again for the establishment as soon as possible, with the participation of as many Member States as possible, of an EPPO that is efficient and independent from national governments and the EU institutions, and protected from political influence and pressure.
  • date: 2016-10-24T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20161024&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2016-10-25T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=27631&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2016-10-25T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2016-0403 title: T8-0403/2016 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 545 votes to 91, with 61 abstentions a resolution on the fight against corruption and follow-up of the CRIM resolution. Following on from the recommendations set out in their resolution of 23 October 2013 on organised crime, corruption and money laundering, Members reiterated their call for the adoption of a European Action Plan to eradicate organised crime, corruption and money laundering, which should have adequate financial resources and qualified staff in order to be effective. The resolution pointed out that the fight against fraud, corruption and money laundering must be a political priority for the EU institutions, and that police and judicial cooperation between Member States is therefore crucial. The following recommendations were made: Ensure the correct transposition of existing rules : Members called on the Commission to complete its assessment of the measures taken to transpose these instruments, to inform Parliament of the findings and, if necessary, to initiate infringement proceedings, especially with regard to Council Framework Decision 2008/841/JHA on the fight against organised crime and Directive 2008/99/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of the environment through criminal law. Parliament stressed in this regard the role of the European crime prevention network and the need to give it financial support. Priorities and operational structure : Parliament suggested: combating crimes of association, rather than simply combating so-called target crimes; combating money laundering, corruption and human trafficking among its priorities within a genuine European anti–corruption strategy; establishing a specialist Europol unit to combat organised criminal groups which operate in several sectors at the same time. A stronger legislative framework : with a view to filling gaps that may exist in the fight against organised crime and corruption and to improve cross-border judicial cooperation , Parliament called on the Commission to: revise existing legislation in order to introduce effective, proportionate and dissuasive penalties and to clarify the common definitions of crimes, including that of membership of a criminal organisation or association; submit a revised legislative proposal to combat environmental crimes. The Commission should also draft minimum rules concerning the definition of offences and penalties in the following areas: general definitions of ‘public official’, the crime of fraud and the crime of corruption; a legislative proposal instituting a dedicated European programme to protect witnesses and persons who cooperate with the judicial process by reporting criminal organisations and organisations; a legislative proposal defining and instituting common rules for the protection of whistleblowers to be issued before the end of 2017; additional legislative initiatives for strengthening the rights of suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings, with respect inter alia to pre–trial detention; specific legislation to fight the export of radioactive materials and hazardous waste and the illegal trade in fauna and flora. More effective police and judicial cooperation at EU level : the Commission was invited to launch specific actions to enhance European cooperation in the fight against organised crime, corruption and money laundering. Member States were asked to: systematically input, make use of and exchange all data deemed necessary and relevant concerning persons convicted of an offence linked to organised crime held in existing European databases and to invite the EU agencies Europol and Eurojust to facilitate this exchange of information; systematically exchange all PNR data deemed necessary and relevant concerning persons linked to organised crime. Seizing the assets of criminal organisations : the Commission was asked to submit a legislative proposal to ensure mutual recognition of seizure and confiscation orders linked to national asset-protection measures. The Commission and Member States were called upon to strengthen EU measures on the tracing, freezing and confiscation of proceeds of crime , as well as the management of frozen and confiscated property and its re-use for social purposes and as compensation for families of victims and businesses adversely affected by loan-sharking and racketeering. Preventing organised crime and corruption from infiltrating the legal economy : Parliament called on the Member States and the European institutions: to implement public procurement monitoring instruments , to draw up blacklists of any undertakings which have proven links with organised crime and/or engaged in corrupt practices and to bar them from entering into an economic relationship with a public authority and from benefiting from EU funds; to create specialised structures at national level to detect criminal organisations and to exclude public tender entities that are implicated in corrupt practices or money laundering; to increase the transparency of monetary transactions and to improve the traceability of transactions back to natural persons in order to trace criminal and terrorist funding (‘follow the moneyʼ principle);. On a specific level , Parliament recommended, inter alia: taking all necessary steps to prevent and combat counterfeiting of goods, medicines and agri-food products; tackling the links between the drugs market and other criminal activities and the impact that they have on the legal economy and legal trade; combatting the use by criminal organisations of the legal and illegal gambling circuits and match–fixing to launder money; giving special attention to tax havens and countries that pursue non-transparent or harmful tax prices, since EUR 1 trillion is lost to tax evasion and avoidance every year in the EU; developing a common action plan to prevent and combat illegal environment-related activities connected to organised, mafia-style criminal activities, such as illegal waste trafficking and disposal , including that of toxic waste , and destruction of the natural heritage; reinforcing Union legislation and cooperation between the Member States and with the Union agencies in the area of cybercrime ; ensuring that the financing and support of terrorism by means of organised crime is made punishable and rapidly implement the Commission action plan against illicit trafficking in, and use of, firearms and explosives; ensuring that progress is made on international cooperation to combat trafficking in order to eradicate people-smuggling and minimise the influence of trafficking networks; developing an effective anti-corruption strategy in foreign policy to fight effectively against corruption and financial crime. European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) : Members called once again for the establishment as soon as possible, with the participation of as many Member States as possible, of an EPPO that is efficient and independent from national governments and the EU institutions, and protected from political influence and pressure. The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) should constitute a central element in the fight against corruption in the European Union.
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