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Europe urged to follow Italy’s lead on slavery

The Guardian, Rome and Berlin

“If the member states are not brave enough to share police and judicial powers, then we will never manage to resolve this crisis, but deepen it,” said Fajon, a member of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.

The launch of a pan-European prosecution body was proposed by the so-called “wise men’s committee” of EU experts in 1999, as a measure to counter the fraud of EU funds, and has been opposed by a series of British governments.

The proposal’s re-emergence as part of the anti-slavery initiative is likely to clash with the British government’s drive to repatriate powers from the EU.

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