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Criminal law to ensure better respect for EU rules

Date: 20/09/2011

Fighting crime is a priority for Europeans who expect that criminals cannot hide behind borders or exploit differences between national legal systems. The EU makes use of criminal law to strengthen the enforcement of EU policies and rules.

Criminal law is still a relatively young field at EU level. It is essential to design a clear European Criminal Policy enabling the Union to define if, when and how to use criminal law to better enforce a policy. The Lisbon Treaty now provides a framework that makes this possible, as it allows the EU to make use of criminal law to strengthen the enforcement of EU policies and rules.

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