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Ohrid to host iPROCEEDS launching conference for SEE and Turkey

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EU Ambassador Aivo Orav, Interior Minister Mitko Chavkov and Public Prosecutor Marko Zvrlevski will open Monday (June 13) the iPROCEEDS launching conference of the European Union and the Council of Europe for Southeast Europe and Turkey.

Nearly 80 court officials, experts on cybercrime and representatives of financial institutions and service providers at the conference will discuss steps that should be taken to enhance public/private and international cooperation so as to improve financial probes and confiscation of cybercrime proceeds.

The launching conference is aimed at engaging decision-makers and project teams in iPROCEEDS activities, presenting a draft situation report on measures against cybercrime and search, seizure and confiscation of cybercrime proceeds, as well as prevention of money laundering on the Internet in project areas/countries, reaching agreement on the workplan of the project and initiating specific project activities.

Tomorrow’s conference also includes a session for officials on national capacities and needs related to cybercrime, targeting crime proceeds and prevention of money laundering on the Internet, a presentation of the initial situation report summary in each project area, a meeting of the Project Steering Committee, a regional workshop on private/public information sharing and intelligence exchange mechanisms between financial sector institutions, cybercrime units and other stakeholders and a regional workshop on international cooperation.

The joint project of the European Union and the Council of Europe on targeting crime proceeds on the Internet in South-eastern Europe and Turkey (iPROCEEDS) under the Instrument of Pre-Accession (IPA) started on 1 January 2016 and covers Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, Turkey and Kosovo. The specific project objective is to strengthen the capacity of authorities in the project region to search, seize and confiscate cybercrime proceeds and prevent money laundering on the Internet.