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#OLAF plays major role in seizure of over a thousand tonnes of dangerous #CounterfeitPesticides

#OLAF plays major role in seizure of over a thousand tonnes of dangerous #CounterfeitPesticides

| June 5, 2020

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) shared operational intelligence with the customs authorities of the member states, of China, Ukraine, Russia and Colombia. This happened in the context of Operation Silver Axe V, which has led to the seizure of 1,346 tons of illicit and counterfeit pesticides. These products pose a major risk to public health […]

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We can’t afford tax havens in the age of #Coronavirus

We can’t afford tax havens in the age of #Coronavirus

| March 24, 2020

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak, appointed to the job just over a month ago, announced the most significant set of British policy measures since the Second World War on Friday, 20 March.  The sweeping package—which includes a £30 billion tax holiday for corporations and a government commitment to pay part of citizens’ wages for the first time […]

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Successful international operation seized more than 62 million #SmuggledCigarettes

Successful international operation seized more than 62 million #SmuggledCigarettes

| February 18, 2020

Successful co-operation between the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the Royal Malaysian Customs and the Belgian Customs led in February to the seizure of 62,6 million cigarettes destined to be smuggled into the European Union. Together with an earlier record-breaking seizure, nearly 200 million smuggled cigarettes have been prevented from entering the EU, writes Zain Ahmed. […]

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#OLAF – Asian and EU customs co-operation makes huge scoop of counterfeit goods

#OLAF – Asian and EU customs co-operation makes huge scoop of counterfeit goods

| October 9, 2019

Operation HYGIEA: Approximatively 200,000 pieces of counterfeit perfumes, toothpastes, cosmetics, 120 tonnes of counterfeit detergents, shampoos, diapers as well as more than 4.2 million of other counterfeit goods (battery cells, footwear, toys, tennis balls, shavers, electronic devices, etc.), 77 million cigarettes and 44 tonnes of counterfeit water pipe tobacco have been seized by the Asian […]

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Muddy waters in #Firtash case give Vienna pause

Muddy waters in #Firtash case give Vienna pause

| August 23, 2019

In the latest twist in an already bizarre saga, one which has roped in Russiagate theorists and pitted a former Austrian minister against US prosecutors, Austria’s caretaker government approved the extradition of Ukrainian oligarch Dimitri Firtash to the United States— just as a Vienna judge ruled to halt Firtash’s extradition. Firtash—who stands accused by a […]

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Quicker freezing and confiscation of #CriminalAssets in the EU

Quicker freezing and confiscation of #CriminalAssets in the EU

| July 12, 2018

New rules to speed up the freezing and confiscation of criminal assets across the EU were adopted by the Civil Liberties committee on Tuesday (10 July). This legislation, already informally agreed between Parliament and Council negotiators on 14 June, should make it quicker and simpler for EU member states to ask each other to freeze […]

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Murky world revealed in #GoldenVisa schemes to pose corruption risk to the EU

Murky world revealed in #GoldenVisa schemes to pose corruption risk to the EU

| March 6, 2018

A series of investigations published on Monday (5 March) by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), a renowned investigative reporting organization, show how access to the border-free Schengen area and EU citizenship are sold to foreign investors by European countries with little scrutiny and transparency, writes Letitia Lin. According to the OCCRP’s findings, […]

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