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Protection of the euro against counterfeiting

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Protection of the euro against counterfeiting

 

SUMMARY OF:

Decision 2001/887/JHA on the protection of the euro against counterfeiting

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DECISION?

This decision aims to ensure that, during investigations into counterfeiting of the euro, cohesive and efficient analyses of the suspected counterfeit currency are carried out and information is shared between EU countries.

KEY POINTS

With a view to the introduction of the euro on 1 January 2002, this decision supplemented a number of existing rules on the protection of the euro against counterfeiting, namely:

During investigations into counterfeiting of the euro, EU countries must ensure that national analysis centres (NACs) carry out the necessary expert analyses of suspected counterfeit euro notes, while coin national analysis centres (CNACs) must carry out these analyses for suspected counterfeit coins. EU countries must forward the results of these expert analyses to Europol (European Police Office).

EU countries’ national central offices responsible for investigations into counterfeiting of the euro and related offences must send centralised information on their investigations, including information received from non-EU countries, to Europol. The following information at least should be sent:

  • details of the persons involved;
  • description of the offences;
  • the circumstances in which the offences were discovered;
  • the context of the seizure;
  • any connections to other cases.

To cooperate on their investigations into counterfeiting and offences related to counterfeiting of the euro, EU countries’ competent authorities should make use of the facilities of Eurojust.

Commission Decision 2005/37/EC set up the European Technical and Scientific Centre whose role is to protect euro coins against counterfeiting. To do this, it analyses and classifies counterfeit euro coins and assists national authorities.

FROM WHEN DOES THE DECISION APPLY?

It has applied since 14 December 2001.

BACKGROUND

For more information, see:

MAIN DOCUMENT

Council Decision 2001/887/JHA of 6 December 2001 on the protection of the euro against counterfeiting (OJ L 329, 14.12.2001, pp. 1-2)

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Council Regulation (EC) No 1338/2001 of 28 June 2001 laying down measures necessary for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting (OJ L 181, 4.7.2001, pp. 6-10)

Successive amendments to Regulation (EC) No 1338/2001 have been incorporated in to the original document. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

Commission Decision 2005/37/EC of 29 October 2004 establishing the European Technical and Scientific Centre (ETSC) and providing for coordination of technical actions to protect euro coins against counterfeiting (OJ L 19, 21.1.2005, pp. 73-74)

Directive 2014/62/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on the protection of the euro and other currencies against counterfeiting by criminal law, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2000/383/JHA (OJ L 151, 21.5.2014, pp. 1-8)

last update 03.04.2017

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