Countering money laundering and terrorism financing training in Serbia

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Western Balkans Financial Investigation In-Service Training 2017-2019
18 February 2019

After successful implementation of tailor made national training in Pristina, Tirana and Skopje, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) within the framework of the capacity building project Western Balkans Financial Investigation In-Service Training 2017-2019 (FI Project)1 organised and implemented the tailor made training - ‘International cooperation in relation to money laundering and terrorism financing’ in Serbia.

The training took place in Belgrade from 4 to 8 February and offered 35 law enforcement officers from law enforcement organisations such as Police, FIU, Customs, and Prosecution Office and judicial officers the opportunity to gain in depth understanding in the field.

Participants expanded their knowledge about:

  • virtual currencies and their impact on financial investigations,
  • practical and legal mechanisms and challenges of cross-border financial investigations,
  • investigation of organised crime and disruption strategies,
  • tackling offshore phenomenon and its connection to money laundering and terrorism financing,
  • law enforcement and private sector cooperation during financial investigations of money laundering and terrorism financing,
  • collection and handling of financial intelligence and evidence,
  • financial investigations in regard to money laundering connected to illegal migrations.

The event hosted speakers from Europol and Eurojust and experts in the field from Spain, the United Kingdom, Romania, Serbia and Hungary.

The objective of the training was to enable participants to:

  • Take advantage of gathered evidence of crime through financial investigations and usage of new techniques
  • Liaise with EU and national law enforcement agencies
  • Strengthen multidisciplinary cooperation on financial investigation on national and international level
  • Investigate money laundering by using transnational financial investigation techniques
  • Use tools and techniques of gathering and analysing financial intelligence related to terrorism financing into evidence and to use best practices in freezing, confiscating and asset recovery.

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[1]The capacity-building project Western Balkans Financial Investigation In-Service Training 2017-2019 (FI Project) aims at developing and sustaining institutional capacity of the law enforcement agencies of the beneficiary countries (Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo*) in order to prevent, investigate and prosecute transnational organised crime and financing terrorism. The FI project is funded by the European Commission under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPAII) and it is an integral part of the second IISG Pillar (WBCSCi).

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

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European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1066 Budapest
Ó utca 27
Hungary

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European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1903 Budapest
Pf.314
Hungary

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Telephone: +36 1 803 8030/8031

Fax: +36 1 803 8032

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