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[5 November 2015] "The Warsaw Convention contains extremely important provisions to deal with the financing of terrorism"

Speaking on 5 November at the opening of the 7th Plenary meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CETS 198, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, highlighted the importance of the Warsaw Convention as being “the only comprehensive international treaty focused on money laundering”.  

He particularly pointed out  the continuous effort of the Conference of the Parties and MONEYVAL “to disrupt the flow of money to murderers and extremists”.  

The Secretary General urged all states to sign and ratify as soon as possible the CETS 198 that he considers a binding international treaty which “remains particularly strong on its rules on international co-operation”.  


 [28 October 2015] New signature of the CETS No. 198

On 28 October 2015, Lithuania signed the Council of Europe Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism (CETS No. 198).
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[15-16 July 2015] Training seminar for rapporteurs 

The Conference of the Parties to CETS No. 198 conducted a two day  training seminar for Rapporteurs in Strasbourg from 15 to 16 July 2015. This event brought together 18 law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, financial intelligence units and judicial co-operation practitioners  from 15 State Parties to the Convention, as well as Council of Europe secretariat representatives. Trainers included Mr Paolo Costanzo, scientific expert to the Conference of the Parties, Mr Boudewijn Verhelst, MONEYVAL scientific expert for law enforcement aspects and representatives of the Secretariat of the Conference of the Parties to CETS No. 198.  

The training consisted of presentations on the relevant provisions  of the Convention as well as on the process and procedures of the Conference of the Parties and on the role of rapporteurs. A case study enabled practitioners to test their understanding and knowledge of the aspects covered in the context of an assessment by the Conference of the Parties and to experience potential challenges arising in this process. On the last day of the training, they presented their preliminary findings on the implementation of the Convention by a fictitious State Party and exchanged views on a number of legal and practical issues arising in this context.  

The State Parties’ trained experts will be expected to act as Rapporteurs for the future assessments of the Parties to the Convention and provide a substantial contribution to the work of the Conference of the Parties in the forthcoming years.

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[5-6 November 2015] 7th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CETS No. 198  (Strasbourg)  - Agenda