Thursday, on October 20, 2016, on the occasion of reaching the deadline for transposing the Directive on the freezing and confiscation of instrumentalities and proceeds of crime in the European Union, the European Commission organized, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and the National Agency for the Management of Seized Assets (ANABI), the 6th Pan-European Conference on Asset Recovery Offices.
The event was opened by Romanian Prime Minister, Dacian Julien Cioloş, by the Ministry of Justice, Raluca Alexandra Pruna, by the General prosecutor, Augustin Lazar, by Monica Macovei - EU parliamentary and a rapporteur for the Directive and by Simon Riondet, the head of Financial Investigations Department – Europol.
In the opening, the Minister of Justice said:
"For the Romanian public opinion it is no longer surprising news that a senior politician, minister or parliamentarian, is indicted and convicted. Organized crime, tax evasion or money laundering cases don’t end up only with convictions, as you know, but also with seizures or asset recovery.
And, as I said, we have overpassed even since 2012 the stage of adopting legislation, for example, in the new Criminal Code we have already defined well the institution of extended confiscation and interlocutory sales. We already have dozens of cases in which these instruments that we talk about were used by magistrates. It's a start, it is not enough but it is a good start and the magistrates must continue to apply, without apprehension and hesitation, the provisions that we have in our criminal codes."
The conference brought together representatives from over 40 jurisdictions, including the EU Member States and Switzerland, Ukraine and the Western Balkan countries. Representation was at the head of agency and senior representatives of international organizations.
The event falls within the strategic objective undertook by the Ministry of Justice and the Romanian Government, the operationalization of ANABI.
On the side-lines of the conference, the Minister of Justice Raluca Pruna, met with the President of Eurojust, Michèle Coninsx. The two officials discussed about the support that Romania continues to provide for institutional strengthening and proper functioning of Eurojust as a key institution of judicial cooperation in criminal matters.
For more information:
The opening of the VI Pan-European Conference on Asset Recovery Offices http://bit.ly/2evKpUq
Law no. 318 of December 11th, 2015 on the setting up, organization and activity of the National Agency for the Management of Seized Assets - http://bit.ly/2ebnDTu
Directive 2014/42/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the freezing and confiscation of instrumentalities and proceeds of crime in the European Union
Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council - Proceeds of organised crime : ensuring that "crime does not pay"
Council Decision 2007/845/JHA concerning cooperation between Asset Recovery Offices of the Member States in the field of tracing and identification of proceeds from, or other property related to, crime
Council Framework Decision 2006/783/JHA on the application of the principle of mutual recognition to confiscation orders
Council Framework Decision 2005/212/JHA on Confiscation of Crime-Related Proceeds, Instrumentalities and Property
Council Framework Decision 2003/577/JHA of 22 July 2003 on the execution in the European Union of orders freezing property or evidence
Council Framework Decision 2001/500/JHA of 26 June 2001 on money laundering, the identification, tracing, freezing, seizing and confiscation of instrumentalities and the proceeds of crime