European Union Launches New Initiative to Hunt Down Assets Linked to Organised Crime
The European Union and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) have launched a new programme to bolster the capacity of Eastern Partnership Countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) in order to trace and confiscate assets linked to organised criminal activity. The EU-funded initiative will bring much-needed technical assistance and expertise in hunting down assets linked to organised crime across the six countries.
This project aims at depriving criminals of the proceeds of their crimes, will improve inter-institutional and cross-border coordination in the Eastern Partnership region, specifically in financial crime investigations. Part of the tasks include strengthening the capacity of financial investigators to trace, freeze, seize, confiscate and recover assets in the hands of organised crime rings.