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FRA opinion on the confiscation of proceeds of crime

In relation to the European Commission proposal for a Directive on the freezing and confiscation of proceeds of crime in the European Union, the European Parliament requested advice from FRA on the extent to which confiscation of proceeds of crime could go without breaching fundamental rights.

FRA issued its opinion on the European Commission proposal on 4 December 2012. The FRA Opinion looks into substantive provisions of the proposal, focusing on the introduction of non-conviction based confiscations, extended powers of confiscation and confiscation from a third party. It assesses these provisions in the light of the EU Charter of Fundamental rights and of international human rights standards.