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Crime in the EU

European Union crime and justice policy - European judicial cooperation in criminal matters - EU initiatives in in preventing and combating crime in Europe.

Illegal cigarette factory in Lithuania raided
An illegal cigarette factory in Vilnius, capable of producing at least 1000 cigarettes a minute, has been raided and closed down in an operation mounted by Lithuanian Customs supported by OLAF.

Europe strikes against the smuggling of counterfeit goods
Millions of counterfeit goods have been seized in a European Joint Customs Operation code-named Matthew II, the results of which were published today. The operation was aimed at detecting the smuggling of cigarettes in commercial consignments entering the EU by road.

Stronger language rights for EU citizens in criminal trials
MEPs backed today new measures to guarantee EU citizens access to translation and interpretation in their own language when facing a criminal trial in another Member State.

EU backs greater police cooperation to combat organised crime
At a seminar organised by the European Police College, Antonio Camacho, Spanish Secretary of State for Home Affairs, spoke in favour of increased international cooperation and improved training to fight international and globalised crime.

New EU-US negotiations on bank data transfers on the cards
The Commission today adopted a draft mandate for negotiating bank data transfers with the United States government under the Terrorist Financing Tracking Programme (TFTP). The Commission wants to complete an agreement this summer to limit gaps in security.

EU to cooperate on fighting tax evasion
At a meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council today, finance ministers adopted a draft EU directive on strenghtening mutual assistance between Member States in the recovery of taxes.