EU: FREEZING and CONFISCATION: European Criminal Bar Association

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"Since the events of 9/11 there has been an increase in security legislation both on an EU and national level which provide many examples of broad powers being expansively interpreted by policy makers, prosecutors, law enforcement agencies and the courts. This so called practice of “gold plating” whereby domestic measures in purported reliance on a Directive, greatly exceed what is in fact required has in the past seriously compromised fundamental rights, as for example in the anti-money laundering field."

See the full text: Statement on the proposal for a Directive on the freezing and confiscation of the proceeds of crime in the EU (pdf)

And see: Adopted text by EP and the Council on Freezing and confiscation of proceeds of crime (pdf)

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