Asset Recovery

July, 2018

Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI) and the Advice on Individual Rights in Europe (AIRE) Centre are currently preparing a two year Asset Recovery Project due to start in September 2018. More information coming soon.

 


 

April, 2018

Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI) and the Advice on Individual Rights in Europe (AIRE) Centre, with support of the United Kingdom (UK) Government and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), implemented a short regional project titled “Combating corruption in the Western Balkans and Strengthening Regional Cooperation in the field of Asset Recovery”.

The project analysed the effectiveness, efficiency and adherence to human rights in criminal justice systems of Southeast Europe in relation to seizure and confiscation of the proceeds of crime. The objective of the project was to conduct a research and present its findings in a Study “Asset Recovery in the Western Balkans – A Comparative Analyses of Legislation and Practice”.

 

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A similar Study for other RAI jurisdictions (Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Romania) has been produced as well. The analysis specifically refers to the final court judgments in cases of corruption, with a particular focus on human rights standards.

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The Studies on Asset Recovery in the Western Balkan and the Study for other RAI jurisdictions, were conducted with the clear objective to provide a snapshot of the current state of play, identify common challenges as well as the shortcomings at the local levels which can be affected regionally.

At the end of the Project, partners organized a Regional Conference on Strengthening Cooperation in the Field of Asset Recovery on 28 March 2018 in Sarajevo which gathered recovery experts, prosecutors and members of judiciaries from the Southeast Europe and beyond. The aim of the conference was to present the findings of a comparative study prepared by AIRE Centre, London, and the RAI Secretariat regarding the seizure of illegally acquired property in the Western Balkans. The analysis specifically refers to the final court judgments in cases of corruption, with a particular focus on human rights standards.

Participants of the Conference had an opportunity to get more familiar with the systems and successful practices on asset recovery from the United Kingdom, Italy, Croatia and Bulgaria. In addition, presentation about the main requirements and instruments of the Council of Europe, GRECO and Moneyval in particular, was delivered by GRECO representative.  The Conference served as opportunity for establishing a common dialogue about the identified challenges and determination of the priority future actions at the regional level.

Summary Report of the Regional Conference