Romania launches criminal assets recovery project in cooperation with UK

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The Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice launched on Monday a project financed by the European Union in partnership with the United Kingdom, having as main objective the strengthening of the institutions’ efficiency involved in the recovery of the assets resulting from such crimes as human trafficking, drug trafficking, fraud, corruption and money laundering.

The project entitled ‘Strengthening the Romanian practical and legal framework in the field of assets recovery’ will be implemented by the Public Ministry and will have a 200,000-euro budget. The United Kingdom will be represented by the Northern Ireland Public Sector Enterprises Limited (NI-CO), the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

The beneficiary institutions are the Public Ministry, the Ministry of Justice, the General Inspectorate of Romanian Police, the National Office for Prevention and Control of Money Laundering, the National Integrity Agency, the National Agency for Fiscal Administration and the Fraud Squad.

According to the General Prosecutor’s Office, the project will start by drawing up an analysis of the operational instruments as well as of the freezing, seizure or confiscation mechanisms for the existing assets, in order to identify the potential and the barriers within assets recovery matter, especially at international cooperation level.
A Romanian and European legislation comparative analysis is to be developed and proposals and recommendations will be formulated, in order to adapt the Romanian legal framework, as well as to provide support for the development of a national strategy on assets recovery.

Using the analyses’ results, the British partners will develop a good practices manual at national and international levels, and 75 practitioners – policemen, prosecutors, experts, judges – will benefit from specialised training sessions in the above mentioned subjects. In order to establish a functional Office for Assets Recovery in Romania, 15 Romanian specialists will take part in a study visit in the United Kingdom.

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