Moneyval-Council of Europe Committee pays evaluation visit to Bucharest

The Romanian Justice Ministry received the visit of an evaluating team from the Moneyval-Council of Europe Committee visiting the Romanian capital over May 27-31 for a fourth round of evaluation that lays stress on the efficiency of the judicial systems, with the report to be debated and approved at the Committee’s 43rd plenary meeting in December, the ministry said in a release posted on its website.

 Romania, it added, is being assessed this year as part of the fourth evaluation round within Moneyval, a FATF-type committee (Financial Action Task Force) specialised in the prevention and combat of money laundering and of financing of terrorism.

‘The fourth evaluation round lays stress on the efficiency of the judicial systems, with the prerequisite being that the majority of the jurisdictions have adjusted the legal outline to the international standards (the FATF Recommendations, the Council of Europe’s Conventions, the United Nations Conventions etc.). The assessing team will have meetings with the experts of the institutions involved in preventing and combating money laundering and financing of terrorism such as: the National Office for the Prevention and Combat of Money Laundering, the Justice Ministry, the Public Ministry, the High Court of Annulment and Justice, the Romanian Police’s General Inspector’s Office, the National Bank of Romania, the Financial Supervisory Authority, the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Romanian Intelligence Service’, the release said.

The Romanian officials, during Monday’s talks, showed the legislative and institutional developments, the progress made on enforcing the relevant laws recorded after the last evaluation report from July 2008 and they discussed with the Committee experts about the new institutions in the Romanian criminal law (extended confiscation, the possibility to sell seized assets before a ruling is final), the activity of the office for claim recouping, the efficiency of the Romanian judicial system on this matter and the international judicial cooperation, the ministry announced.

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