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 News and events - 21/02/2017
[21 February 2017] New ratification of the CETS No. 198

On 21 February 2017, Italy ratified 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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[07 November 2016] New signature of the CETS No. 198

On 7 November 2016, Azerbaijan 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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[25-26 October 2016] Outcome of the 8th Plenary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CETS No. 198

The Conference of the Parties to the CETS n° 198 held its eighth plenary meeing in Strasbourg from 25 to 26 October 2016.

At this meeting, the Conference of the Parties, inter alia :
- heard an address, at the opening of the Plenary, by Mr Jan Kleijssen, Director of Information Society and Action against Crime;
- welcomed the ratification of the Convention by France and Turkey and the recent signature by Germany, and invited all Council of Europe Member States which have not done yet to accede to the Convention;
- discussed the draft assessment reports on Armenia and Belgium and decided to adopt them, subject to the changes agreed during the Plenary discussion;
- took note of the follow-up reports by Poland and Croatia and invited Poland to provide an updated follow-up report at the next COP meeting;
- amended its Rules of Procedure on the basis of a proposal elaborated in May 2016 by the ad hoc Working Group established to that effect;
- invited the Bureau to elaborate a proposal for the revision of the questionnaire for evaluations, with a view to avoid any duplication with the 5th round of mutual evaluations of the FATF and MONEYVAL;
- heard a presentation from the Secretariat on the survey of “Gathering examples of cases of the use or implementation of CETS 198’s provisions”;
- adopted the parts of the COP mutual legal assistance template on “procedures for search, asset tracing and seizure” and “procedures for confiscation and recovery of confiscated assets”.

For the remaining parts, the Conference decided to apply the silent procedure on the basis of documents circulated by the Secretariat.

Reports adopted will be made available shortly, in accordance with the COP’s publication policy.

List of decisions

 
[29 June 2016] The first activity report of the Conference of the Parties is now available online

The report covers the activities of the Conference of the Parties to CETS198 as a Council of Europe monitoring mechanism during the period 2009-2014.

The report outlines the work done so far and provides a brief horizontal review of compliance with the provisions of international standards.

Report

 
[2 May 2016] New ratification of the CETS No. 198

On 2 May 2016, Turkey ratified 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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  [28 January 2016] New signature of the CETS No. 198

On 28 January 2016, Germany 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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[8 December 2015] New ratification of the CETS No. 198

On 8 December 2015, France ratified 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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[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”.  

Speech

 
[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.

 

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