Research Handbook on EU Criminal Law
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Research Handbook on EU Criminal Law

Edited by Valsamis Mitsilegas, Maria Bergström and Theodore Konstadinides

EU criminal law is one of the fastest evolving, but also challenging, policy areas and fields of law. This Handbook provides a comprehensive and advanced analysis of EU criminal law as a structurally and constitutionally unique policy area and field of research. With contributions from leading experts, focusing on their respective fields of research, the book is preoccupied with defining cross-border or ‘Euro-crimes’, while allowing Member States to sanction criminal behaviour through mutual cooperation. It contains a web of institutions, agencies, and external liaisons, which ensure the protection of EU citizens from serious crime, while protecting the fundamental rights of suspects and criminals.
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Chapter 18: Punishing corruption in the public and the private sector: key issues on current EU policy and rule-of-law challenges

Maria Kaiafa-Gbandi


Since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, there have been two important developments concerning the activity of the EU in the field of substantive criminal law: (1) the EU institutions that participate in the legislative procedure have formed rules and principles guiding the exercise of the competence deriving from Article 83 TFEU; (2) the directives adopted to approximate the definitions of criminal offences and sanctions often exceed the limits of the competence of the EU, despite the broad scope of Article 83 TFEU. In view of the EU’s obligation to respect the nature and the fundamental principles of substantive criminal law, as well as the limits of its competence, this chapter initially highlights and assesses the positive and the negative points of the guidelines set by the Commission and the European Parliament. Subsequently, it concentrates on the most problematic features of the EU directives concerning the approximation under Article 83 TFEU. The chapter concludes with a concise presentation of key proposals on reorienting EU activity in the field of substantive criminal law towards protecting the fundamental rights of citizens.

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