We continuously deliver products that increase knowledge and expertise in the possibilities of cross-border information exchange. Our experts develop practical guides, based on case studies.

Professional jargon

The list of professional jargon compares and defines the most important concepts in the context of the administrative approach to organized crime in Germany (NRW), Belgium and the Netherlands, systematically showing the similarities and differences. The list contains German, Belgian, French, English and Dutch translations of all terms.

Consulting public sources

Practical guides

Because of the diversity in cases, the EURIEC has built up broad expertise in issues related to the cross-border exchange of information for the administrative approach to organized crime. Based on its findings, the EURIEC publishes practical guides to share good practices.

EURIEC best practices and recommendations

The EURIEC has created a practical guide with best practices and recommendations for EU Member States that want to further develop the administrative approach to organised crime.

Belgium
Germany
Netherlands

Sample letters

Case studies show that not only unfamiliarity with the possibilities of information exchange and the language are a major barrier to requesting information. Therefore, EURIEC has developed standard formats for various written requests for information, which can be used by (administrative) authorities in Belgium and the Netherlands. This allows administrative bodies to send written requests to foreign (administrative) bodies in an accessible and simple manner. The difference in language does not have to form a barrier anymore.

Germany

EURIEC Final Report

The EURIEC Final Report contains an overview of the activities and findings of the Euregional Information and Expertise Centre (EURIEC) for the period from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2021. In this period, we have gained insight, based on case studies, into the opportunities and challenges of cross-border information exchange for administrative approaches to organised crime.

The report consists of four parts:

1. Overview of the current opportunities and obstacles to the cross-border exchange of information, divided into themes.

2. The development of awareness for an (international) administrative approach.

3. Recommendations.

4. A brief description of the contribution of science.

Below you will find the various downloads. For each theme from part 1, you can additionally download a brief brochure and a more detailed legal memorandum.

Cross-border exchange of administrative data

Cross-border Exchange of administrative fines and recovery claims

Cross-border exchange from the population register

Cross-border exchange of police data

Cross-border exchange of judicial data

Cross-border exchange of tax data

Cross-border exchange of social security data

Applications for open government

How to access foreign administrative documents through the use of open government legislation?

Despite the fact that there is currently no general explicit legal basis in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany to exchange administrative personal data internationally, there are other methods besides special legislation to still receive information. One of the options available in the three countries, is to try to obtain information by using the laws on public access to government information. After all, foreign (natural) persons can make use of these laws.

This method has already been successfully tested in several cases brought to EURIEC by municipalities, including with regard to the revocation of licences. Below is a guide on obtaining administrative documents in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and North Rhine-Westphalia by foreign administrative bodies.

Information from the Belgian register for director disqualifications for foreign municipalities

In Belgium, there is an online register that can be consulted to check whether someone has been banned from management. Indeed, directors of companies or other legal entities can be banned from management by criminal and corporate courts.

The EURIEC publishes information on how it is included in the register and how foreign public bodies can use it in the guide below.

Information from the Belgian register for director disqualifications for foreign municipalities