Ecuador hosted a workshop organized by El PacCTO to generate spaces for dialogue to improve the management of assets recovered from organised crime.
Within the framework of the Assistance Programme against Transnational Organised Crime (El PAcCTO in its Spanish acronym), financed by the European Union and managed by FIIAPP and Expertise France in collaboration with the Italo-Latin American Institute and the Camões Institute of Portugal, the “Regional workshop on criminal assets and international cooperation in the field” was held.
Among the main objectives of this workshop was to highlight the provision of effective internal rules to control criminal assets, to improve national regulations on the procedural management of attached or seized assets and to facilitate the international transmission of petitions aimed at attaching and seizing criminal assets. It also sought to implement or improve inter-institutional coordination in the management of these assets and create institutions to manage them.
The workshop brought together senior representatives of Public Ministries, especially those involved in law enforcement, and representatives of asset management offices in Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica and Ecuador. Accordingly, the participants were able to create shared work synergies through their experiences and best practices.
The workshop sought to standardise legal and institutional systems in the region to generate a document reflecting minimum international cooperation standards and content proposals for national laws.