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Financial crime: Eurojust’s perspective


Eurojust’s President, Ms Michèle Coninsx, and Mr Francesco Lo Voi, the National Member for Italy, participated in the Second (Annual) Queen Mary-Renmin Criminal Justice Conference in London on 17 and 18 October.

Organised by Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas, Head of the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London, the conference, Legal Responses to Financial Crime, was held over two days. Participants from across the globe attended.

On the first day, Mr Lo Voi provided a lecture entitled Seizure and Confiscation of Illicit Assets: European and Italian Perspectives during the session Financial Crime: A Law Enforcement Agency Perspective.

On the second day, Ms Coninsx provided Eurojust’s viewpoint during the session Transnational Perspectives on Financial Crime. Ms Coninsx underlined the added value of Eurojust in fighting financial and economic crime. She emphasised the operational, tactical, and strategic meetings organised by Eurojust to facilitate the necessary cross-border cooperation and coordination against these types of crime. Ms Coninsx stressed the importance of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW), the advantages of using joint investigation teams (JITs) and of freezing and confiscation orders.

Following the speeches there was an interactive debate with the audience.

Eurojust, the European Union’s judicial coordination body, facilitates the work of prosecutors across the borders of the European Union and third States. In 2013, Eurojust registered 1 576 cases, 1 265 of which were bilateral, the remaining 311 multilateral. These cases addressed a number of crime types, including terrorism, cybercrime, environmental crime, trafficking in human beings, drug trafficking, fraud, corruption, counterfeiting, money laundering, criminal offences affecting the EU’s financial interests, and organised crime groups.

Professor Mitsilegas provided an interview on the European Arrest Warrant for the most recent edition of Eurojust News.


Photos: © School of Law, Queen Mary University of London

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