The Economic and Financial Police School of the Italian Guardia di Finanza hosted a CEPOL Course on Money Laundering

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03 December 2019
Italian Guardia di Finanza

In view of the fast development of financial crimes, law enforcement bodies are in need to improve their knowledge of the European regulations on money laundering and terrorist financing. Therefore, it is necessary to be familiar with the requirements of the revised recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) (international standards on combating money laundering and financing of terrorism and proliferation), particularly Directive (EU) 2015/849 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 2015 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing (...), the EU 2018 policy cycle -2021 and Empact conclusions, as well as to improve cooperation and information exchange between law enforcement agencies and develop a coherent policy towards third countries whose Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing countermeasures are not so effective.

Therefore, the “Economic and Financial Police School” of the Italian Guardia di Finanza organised the CEPOL Course 40/2019 on “Money Laundering”. The course was held in Lido di Ostia (Rome) from the 19th to the 22th of November 2019.

The Course was divided into two activity phases: the independent learning phase (ILP) for which about 9 hours were planned and the contact learning phase (CLP) which lasted 18 hours.

33 participants attended the course from 23 Member States and 4 attended from Western Balkans, while the team of instructors included the following experts:

  • Mr. Olivier Chainet from EUROPOL - “International money laundering investigations”
  • Mr. Pietro Suchan from Ministry of Justice of Italy - “The role of Eurojust”
  • Lt. Col. Salvatore Maione from Guardia di Finanza (Italy) - “Money laundering, terrorism financing and the FAFT principles”
  • Capt. Antonio Romano from Italian Guardia di Finanza (Italy) - “Darknet and virtual currencies”
  • Col. Roberto Ribaudo from Italian Guardia di Finanza (Italy) - “Asset recovery office & CARIN the roles”
  • Mr. Dainius Baršauskas Ministry from the Interior of Lithuania - “Money Laundering and concealing property using – tax havens”
  • Mr. Paolo Dal Checco Forensic IT consultant (Italy) - “Crypto currencies, financial investigation and asset recovery”
  • Mr. Alessandro Rossetti Forensic IT consultant (Italy) - “Crypto currencies, financial investigation and asset recovery”
  • Ms. Magdalena Sochacka from Embassy of Republic of Poland in Rome - “The EU’ 5th anti-money laundering directive”
  • Mr. Ricardo Jorge Cedeira David from Policia Judiciária of Portugal - “Combating money laundering in an international context”

The strategy during the Contact Learning Phase (CLP) was to combine the existing knowledge and experience of the participants (Recognition Prior Learning - RPL) in the learning process by discussing and exchanging "good practices". Development of problem-solving strategies for potential challenges in the field of international cooperation, to conduct transnational investigations and related intelligence activity.


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