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1 Cooperation at International Level – CARIN, ARO Platform, AMON Jill THOMAS Specialist Europol Criminal Assets Bureau TAIEX Seminar on Asset Recovery Offices Ankara – 14 & 15 December 2011 Europol Unclassified - Basic Protection Level

2 2 Content Camden Asset Recovery Interagency Network CARIN  What is it  How was it developed  How does it work Asset Recovery Offices (ARO) Platform Informal Network of Money Laundering Investigation Units AMON Questions and Answers

3 3 Introduction ◊ The cross border fight against international crime receives support from many legal instruments, both international and European (international conventions and framework decisions) ◊ In practice, these measures can only be applied with good cross border, inter-agency co-operation ◊ The human element always plays a key role

4 4 4 4 The History of CARIN ◊ at a EU confiscation seminar in 2002, one of the workshop recommendations was the creation of an informal network of experts in the field of asset forfeiture. ◊ Launched September 2004

5 5 5 5 Camden Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network CARIN ◊ an informal network of ◊ English speaking ◊ judicial and law enforcement practitioners (interagency) ◊ experts in the field of asset tracing, freezing, seizure and confiscation.

6 6 6 6 Structure, Aims and Objectives The aim of CARIN is: to increase the effectiveness of members’ efforts on a multi-agency basis, in depriving criminals of their illicit profits CARIN Manual

7 7 7 7 Structure, Aims and Objectives ◊ 2 contacts from each member jurisdiction or organisation ◊ Steering Group – 9 members ◊ Presidency - Annual ◊ EUROPOL - permanent Secretariat/SG observer ◊ EUROJUST - SG observer

8 8 8 8 Structure Annual General Meetings were held in Netherlands Ireland Austria UK France USA Czech Republic 2011 – Bulgaria 2012 – Hungary 2013 – Ireland Spain

9 9 9 9 CARIN Contacts 2011 CARIN Presidency 2011 CEPACA Mr.Todor Kolarov CARIN Secretariat Europol Mrs. Jill THOMAS

10 10 Turkey CARIN Contact Law Enforcement Contact Turkish National Police Muhammet Murat YASAR Judicial Contact ? Not yet…

11 11 60 Members September Countries / Jurisdictions: Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America 9 International Organisations: Europol, Egmont Group, Eurojust, International Criminal Court (ICC), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Interpol, OLAF, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), World Bank

12 12 International Organisations as Observers EUROPOL – Secretariat/Permanent Observer EUROJUST–Permanent Observer INTERPOL OLAF UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) EGMONT ICC

13 13 CARIN Style Networks Camden Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network (CARIN)  Secretariat located at Europol Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network Southern Africa (ARINSA)  Secretariat located at the South African National Asset Forfeiture Unit Red de Recuperacion de Activos de GAFISUD (RRAG)  Secretariat located at the GAFISUD Secretariat Office

14 14 WORLD CARIN ARINSA RRAG

15 15 7 Members 7 Members November 2010 ARINSA Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network of Southern Africa  Botswana  Mauritius  Namibia  South Africa  Tanzania  Zambia  Zimbabwe

16 16 12 Members 12 Members November 2010 RRAG Red de la Recuperación de Activos de GAFISUD  Argentina  Bolivia  Brazil  Chile  Colombia  Costa Rica  Ecuador  México  Panamá  Paraguay  Peru  Uruguay

17 17 How does it work? ◊ CARIN as a network has no legal basis ◊ CARIN contacts are not linked electronically ◊ The CARIN contacts list forms the basis of the network ◊ Informal network – formal channels ◊ The Network Contacts are the practitioners in the field

18 18 How does it work? Operational Involvement ◊ CARIN contacts provide general information on the possibilities in their own jurisdictions ◊ And facilitate the effective exchange of information and intelligence where necessary

19 19 How does it work? Strategic Involvement ◊ CARIN contacts undertake to meet all the strategic objectives in the CARIN Manual for their own jurisdictions ◊ Meet at an Annual Conference and (in workshops) make recommendations to overcome barriers and problems

20 20 CARIN and AROs? How does this fit with the AROs? CARIN Network basis for national AROs At least 1 CARIN contact (usually the LE contact) should be in the ARO No duplication, but synergy with CARIN

21 21 SIENA – a secure channel for direct co- operation between AROs AROs have a legal obligation to co-operate and therefore need a secure channel to exchange information The Europol SIENA system offers this secure channel

22 22 Asset Tracing Case Examples UK – Asset Tracing request from Austria »ML Investigation Austria »€23 Million in Liechtenstein »UK Resident

23 23 Informal Network of Money Laundering Investigation Units AMON Will be launched in January 2012 Informal network of national contacts and cooperative group in all aspects related to tackling money laundering activities AIM: to enhance and facilitate information exchange between Money Laundering Investigation Units (as opposed to FIUs) via existing legal channels Establish AMON as an European center of Excellence on all aspects of the criminal investigation of money laundering

24 Thank you


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