The European Network and Information Security Agency invites citizens to take part in the European Security Month

Launching a campaign to advertise the upcoming pilot European Security Month for cyber security, the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) aims at bringing this initiative to life by involving the European citizens. The European Security Month will take place in October 2012.

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The right to be informed in criminal proceedings, regulated under a new European law

The Council gave its green light to the Directive on the right to information in criminal proceedings, that establishes that suspects of a criminal offence will be informed of their rights in a language they understand. This measure has been taken in order to ensure defendants' right to information during criminal proceedings in the EU.

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The Council agreed on a general approach for the establishment of a EU PNR system

The Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting ended with an agreement on the general approach on a draft directive on the use of flight passenger data for protection against terrorist offences and serious crime, the so-called EU PNR system. In addition, Ministers approved an action paper intended to ensure a coherent EU response to continued migratory pressures.

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In 2011, it was registered an increase of terrorist attacks made by solo actors in the EU

Europol presented the “EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report: TE-SAT 2012” which highlights the increasing prominence of lone and solo actor plots. Nevertheless, also in 2011, the total number of terrorist attacks and terrorism-related arrests in the EU continued to decrease, according to the report.

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11 Member States participated in a course on counterfeit medicine and pharmaceutical crime

The course from CEPOL, the European Police College on identifying and fighting counterfeit medicine and pharmaceutical crime and organised by the Central Office for Coordinating Environment and Health Crime in France on 26-30 March, attracted fourteen participants from eleven different Member States. Participants enjoyed of a comprehensive overview of the different aspects of this kind of organised crime.

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The European Commission proposed to create an EU Cybercrime Centre

The Commission's proposal still needs to be adopted by the budgetary authority of Europol, the European Police Office in The Hague, with the aim to establish the Centre to be the European focal point in fighting cybercrime. Once approved, it will mainly focus on illegal online activities carried out by organised crime groups.

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In 2011, the number of asylum applicants registered in the EU were 301,000

According to the latest figures published by Eurostat, the number of asylum applicants rose in 2011 to 301,000. In 2010, there were 259,000 asylum applicants. The main countries of citizenship of these applicants were Afghanistan, Russia, Pakistan, Iraq and Serbia, and the highest number of applicants recorded in France, Germany and Italy.

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The Commission inaugurates a new EU Agency for large-scale IT systems

Cecilia Malmström, the Home Affairs Commissioner, inaugurates for managing large-scale EU information systems, a new EU Agency in Tallinn, Estonia. The Agency will ensure the Visa Information (VIS) and EURODAC systems operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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The European Crystal Scales of Justice Prize is now open for applications

Courts, associations and legal professionals, prosecutor's offices, non-governmental organisations, or any other entity responsible for justice affairs in the Member States of the Council of Europe or the European Union can now apply to the 2012 edition of the European "Crystal Scales of Justice" prize for innovative practices contributing to the efficiency and quality of civil justice.

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New rules proposed for the confiscation of funds and other property acquired through crime

The European Commission proposed new rules that intend to enhance the ability of Member States to confiscate assets that have been transferred to third parties, it will make it easier to confiscate criminal assets even when the suspect has fled and will ensure that competent authorities can temporarily freeze assets that risk disappearing if no action is taken.

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8th European Day in Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism

On 11 March 2012 the European Union commemorates the 8th European Day in Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism and EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström stressed that is a time for commemoration and remembrance, a time for solidarity and encouragement. Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-terrorism coordinator highlighted that more has to be done to make the voices of victims heard in public and to devote more attention to victims, their families, friends and relatives and less to the perpetrators.

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New European legislation adopted to effectively fight illegal arms trafficking

The European Council has adopted a new legislation which sets up stronger regulations to combat trafficking of firearms. In addition, the new regulation improves the tracing and control of imports and exports of civilian firearms from and to the EU territory.

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