OSCE Backs Balkan Event for Cross-Border Asset Recovery


Representatives of twenty-two asset management agencies from across the OSCE area exchanged best practices in cross-border recovery and management of seized and confiscated criminal assets. They met from 20 to 22 September in Chisinau, Moldova for the Annual General Meeting of the Balkan Asset Management Interagency Network (BAMIN), currently presided by the Republic of Moldova.

"Fighting corruption is a priority of the current government. In this context, the Ministry of Justice is undertaking all the necessary actions to ensure that the mechanisms for identifying and confiscating illegally obtained assets contribute to the efficiency of their recovery for the benefit of the state and the citizens of the Republic of Moldova," said Minister of Justice of the Republic of Moldova Veronica Mihailov-Moraru in her opening remarks.

"This event has international significance. It advances the management of criminal assets, establishes cross-agency co-operation, and allows an exchange of experience and operational data - all indispensable for solving cross-border crimes and repatriating the proceeds of crime," highlighted Iulian Rusu, Director of the National Anti-corruption Centre.

Jill Thomas, Head of the BAMIN Secretariat, explained that "Locating and seizing criminal assets concealed in various jurisdictions is legally and procedurally challenging. Once the assets are seized, their value should be preserved until the case has been concluded. It is crucial that the authorities involved in international mutual legal assistance share their expertise through BAMIN."

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