First, the European Commission's proposal extending the European Criminal Records Information System to third country nationals will make it easier for judicial authorities to exchange information on criminal convictions of non-EU citizens. Secondly, the proposed Regulation on the mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation orders will simplify the current procedures and improve the cross-border enforcement of freezing and confiscation orders.
Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality said: "We are equipping judicial and police authorities with the tools to improve the fight against terrorism and cross-border crime. Time is of the essence; we need cross-border cooperation to be faster to catch criminals and terrorists wherever they are in the EU. A faster exchange of criminal records, which include fingerprints, will help authorities know easily the criminal past of anyone they arrest. With only 2% of criminal proceedings recovered, facilitating the confiscation and freezing of assets across borders will help cut off criminals' financial means. I urge the Parliament and the Council to conclude their work as quickly as possible. European citizens deserve more security." The trilogues between the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council - on both proposals- should start as soon as the European Parliament votes on its position early 2018.