‘Improvement of Investigation Capacities of DNA’ project launched

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The main objectives of the ‘Improvement of the Investigation Capacities of the National Anti-Corruption Department’ project launched on Thursday, at a press conference, are to get Romanian magistrates involved in exchanges of experience programmes with magistrates from other countries member of the European Union (EU), to identify good practices in investigating into the big corruption cases and into other offences in the economy field assimilated with corruption and to adapt them to investigation practices in Romania.

Thus, for ten months, prosecutors, lawyers and practitioners coming from the EU member states (UK, France, Germany and Lithuania) will share from their experience in the six fields selected: identification and verification of the fraud mechanisms, on the capital market, techniques of identification and verification of the money laundering scenarios, using centres abroad and the fiscal paradises, the identification and verification of the fraud mechanisms on the insurance market, the evaluation methods for assets, the practical approach of the corruption offences and frauds related to the acquisition of information technology instruments in verifying corruption cases or related to the corruption cases.

All operations under this project will be coordinated by the ‘Northern Ireland Public Sector Enterprises Ldt. (NI-CO)’, a non-profit company held by the Northern Ireland Government, specialized in consultancy services in joining administrative and institutional capacities.

The amount allotted for the project stands at 600,000 euros (560,000 euros representing European funds coming via the Transition Facility programme and 40,000 euros representing parallel national co financing).

‘Taking into account that corruption continues to represent a problem in Romania, while, on the other hand, the citizens expect more consistent results, it is essential that the anti-corruption institutions in Romania and DNA implicitly strengthen their institutional framework and also that they are continuously improving,’ Daniel Morar, chief prosecutor with the DNA said.

He also said that the activity of the DNA started from the premise that, mainly, the results obtained by the DNA give the measure of credibility for the anti-corruption efforts of the Romanian state.
Daniel Morar specified that, ever since the setting up, the DNA benefited from a series of institutional twinning programmes.

‘DNA has to deal with a double challenge related to investigations in the field. First of all, according to the experts with whom we discussed, investigations into these types of fraud represent a difficult procedure (…).
Moreover, this field is relatively new in Romania, which also represents a supplementary challenge for the DNA.

Second, such financial fraud like the money laundering represents a multinational phenomenon, often with ramifications in financing international terrorism and trafficking, human trafficking especially,’ the British Ambassador to Bucharest Robin Barnett said.

In his opinion, in order to combat this type of crimes there is need of a cross-border strategic approach.
Robin Barnett also added that the Government in London has constantly being supportive of the fight against fraud and corruption in Romania.

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