Summer School Project 2015
10th Summer School for Junior Anti-Corruption Practitionersfrom South Eastern Europe
June 01-05, 2015 – Varna, Bulgaria
Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative (RAI), in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior and National Institute for Justice from Bulgaria co-organized the annual Summer School for Junior Anti-corruption Practitioners from South Eastern Europe in Sts. Constantine and Helena (Varna), Bulgaria.
This annual event is an intensive five-day program designed for familiarizing participants with contemporary insights in selected areas of corruption theory and anti-corruption practice and it took place for the 10th consecutive year. It was focused on the need to enhance the capacity of the authorities in charge with Financial Investigations and Asset Recovery. The young practitioners coming from different countries region wide had the opportunity to increase their knowledge on the subject they work on. The participants also had the occasion to establish informal professional links between themselves, since regional cooperation proves to be especially important in the field of asset recovery and financial investigations.
During the official opening of the Summer School, Mr. Radu Cotici, Head of the RAI Secretariat expressed an honor and pleasure to organize the Summer School for 10 consecutive years. He also pointed out that RAI is honored and grateful to have highly esteemed trainers, whom participants will have a chance to learn from during the course of the event. Mr. Cotici concluded by stating that the purpose of the event is not only sharing knowledge and enhancing capacities, but also creating links and networks that will serve to all participants in their future work and endeavors.
Mr. Dragomir Yordanov, Director of the National Institute of Justice expressed pleasure to host the event, emphasizing the importance of the topic of asset recovery for the current moment. He pointed out his confidence that participants will have a chance to learn a lot during the week from the trainers who will add value and share their expertise and knowledge.
Trainers, coming from institutions as The Prosecutor’s Office in Torino, Italy, Basel Institute on Governance, London Metropolitan Police, Institute for Austrian and European Economic Criminal Law, lectured on topics related to international instruments for recovering criminal assets, mutual legal assistance for the purpose of seizing and confiscating assets, returning of confiscated assets, as well as offshore jurisdictions and international money movements.
The event was closed with the final evaluation test, followed by graduation ceremony.
RAI Secretariat expresses its gratitude to:
Mr. Alberto Perduca
Mr. Pedro Gomes Pereira
Dr. Tilman Hoppe
Mr. Lawrence Day
Mr. John Burrow
Mag. Markus Hoecher
for their invaluable contributions to the event.