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European Union: Provisional Agreement to Control Illicit Cash Flows in and out of the EU

(June 8, 2018) On May 23, 2018, the Council of the European Union (Council) and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on measures to control illicit cash flows in and out of the European Union (EU), in particular a revision of the Cash Controls Regulation (CRC). (European Commission Press Release IP/18/3867, Security Union: Commission […]

European Parliament: Agreement to Freeze Its Own Budget for 2013

(Mar. 1, 2012) On February 16, 2012, in response to the financial crisis that has hit the members of the euro zone, the European Parliament adopted a resolution, by a show of hands, to freeze its own budget for 2013. (Press Release, European Parliament to Freeze Its Own Budget for 2013 (Feb.16, 2012).) An important […]

European Parliament: Stricter Rules on Toy Safety

(Nov. 14, 2008) On November 5, 2008, the Internal Market Committee of the European Parliament voted unanimously on a new directive that establishes stricter criteria on toy safety and prohibits the use in toys of certain dangerous substances, such as mercury and lead. Imports from countries outside the EU are subject to the same requirements. […]

European Parliament: Sanctions for Hiring Illegal Immigrants

(Nov. 6, 2008) According to European Union estimates, there are approximately four to eight million immigrants who are hired to work in the EU despite a lack of proper documentation. It is estimated that their number increases by half a million annually. In May 2007, in an effort to curb illegal immigration, the European Commission […]