Second on-job training module on financial investigation and asset recovery for Montenegrin law enforcement institutions

Second on-job training module on financial investigation and asset recovery for Montenegrin law enforcement institutions

DANILOVGRAD – 08 -12 April 2019 – With presence of the new Team Leader Fabrizio Fantini , EURoL II, EU’s project supporting rule of law in Montenegro, in cooperation with the Police Academy and the Judiciary Training Centre, started a five-day on-job training seminar on financial investigation and asset recovery which is attended by 20 participants from different institutions, including the State Prosecution, the Courts, the Police, Tax Administration, Customs and State Property Management Administration.

This is the first out of two additional trainings of the II module that will take place in the next two months and will result in an advanced training seminar in Italy in July this year. In the period January-March 2019 the Project has delivered the I module for a group of 20 participants.

The training programme is part of the EU Support to Rule of Law II Project (EURoL II), which is funded by the EU with 2.8 million euros. It has been developed by experts of Guardia di Finanza from Italy in cooperation with partner institutions of Montenegro and will strengthen capacities and tools for effective investigation and prosecution of money laundering, terrorism financing and asset recovery, based on experiences and knowhow of Guardia di Finanza and in line with priorities of Montenegrin institutions.

In his introductory remarks, Mr Boban Saranovic, Director of the Police Academy, welcomed the participants to the Police Academy “wished a productive work to the representatives of the judiciary, police and other Montenegrin institution in enhancing their fight against organised crime and in particular financial investigations.

Ms Senka Danilovic, President of the Steering Committee of the Centre for Training in Judiciary and State Prosecution in her opening statements underlined the importance of the training module developed by the EURoL2 team and the excellent cooperation with the project. Ms Danilovic in her remarks also welcomed the inter-agency cooperation and expressed special appreciation for the opportunity that the participants have in receiving the training by the Economic and Financial Police School (EFPS) of the Financial Police of Italy (Guardia di Finanza).

Mr Fabrizio Fantini, Team Leader of EUROL 2, stated ‘’Follow the money needs to be the primary point of all financial investigation. Financial investigations are an essential tool of the modern and effective response to criminal threats. Countries in the EU have since long understood that mafia type association (with many members that can easily be replaced when they serve long jail sentences) can only be hurt (the ultimately be dismantled) if their incomes and financial benefits are taken away. Confiscation of proceeds of crime, using instruments such as extended confiscation, third party confiscation are more effective than only putting criminals behind bars

Mr Danilo Ceccarelli, Public Prosecutor at Milano Public Prosecution Office (IT), Lt. Col. Giuseppe Furciniti (Guardia di Finanza) Commander of Special Investigative Team on Organized Crime of Guardia di Finanza from Napoli (IT), Lieutenant C.S. Mario Di Marco, Special Investigative Team on Organized Crime of Guardia di Finanza from Napoli (IT) and Ms Lidija Vukcevic, Deputy Special Prosecutor three Italian and one Montenegrin Experts engaged by EURoL II deliver their presentations during this week on effective investigations on money laundry , cyber-crime and terrorism financing.

The next training session is planned for the period 13 – 17 May.

More info about this seminar can also be found on JCT and PA website

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