Conference of the Parties

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About the Conference of the Parties


Warsaw Declaration and Action Plan

Convention and Explanatory Report



C198-COP Meetings

1st Meeting
22-23 April 2009

2nd Meeting
15-16 April 2010

3rd Meeting
7-8 March 2011

4th Meeting
12-14 June 2012
5th Meeting
12-14 June 2013 
6th Meeting
29 Sep - 1 Oct 2014


First Training Seminar
17-18 June 2010

Monitoring of the implementation of the Convention


Compilation of the Reference Documents
(as revised 15.06.12)

Useful links


International Standards

Presentation of the Convention
and its monitoring mechanism

The 2005 Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism (CETS 198), building on the success of the 1990 Council of Europe Convention (ETS 141) in one comprehensive instrument:


provides States with enhanced possibilities to prosecute money laundering more effectively;


equips States Parties with further confiscation tools to deprive offenders of criminal proceeds;


provides important investigative powers including measures to access banking information for domestic investigations and for the purposes of international co-operation;


covers preventive measures, and the role and responsibilities of financial intelligence units and the principles for international co-operation between financial intelligence units;


applies all its provisions to financing of terrorism;


covers the principles on which judicial international co-operation should operate between Contracting States Parties.

The new Convention provides for a monitoring mechanism through a “Conference of the Parties” to ensure that its provisions are being applied.

Chart of signatures
and ratifications

Treaties Office



29 August 2014

6th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CETS No. 198, 29 September - 1 October 2014
Strasbourg, Council of Europe, Agora, room G02 (meeting web page)

On 29 September to 1 October 2014, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Laundering, Search Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime, and on the Financing of Terrorism (CETS No. 198) will hold its 6th meeting in Strasbourg. The evaluation reports on Republic of Moldova, Montenegro and Malta will be discussed and submitted for adoption. The reports assess compliance with a selected number of provisions of the Convention, which add value to the international standards. The adopted reports will be published shortly after the meeting.

Following the adoption of the amendment to the Rules of Procedure in 2012, introducing a follow-up mechanism for assessing progress made by Parties in meeting recommendations in adopted reports, the 6th C198-COP meeting will consider the Follow-up report of Romania.  

A total of 24 States have so far ratified the Convention on Laundering, Search Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime, and on the Financing of Terrorism (CETS No. 198).