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In October 2002 a conference was held in Dublin, which was organized in cooperation with the Irish Criminal Assets Bureau a Europol. The conference was attended by representatives of all EU Member States, some candidate countries, Europol and Eurojust. The participants were representatives of authorities involved in criminal proceedings of the respective Member States. This conference has yielded, among other things, a recommendation to establish an informal network of contacts and a co-working group in the area of proceeds from crime.

 

Based on this recommendation, representatives of Belgium and the Netherlands held in cooperation with Eurojust a meeting of four Member States, each of which had already established a unit dealing with proceeds from crime. The meeting was attended by representatives of Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland and the Great Britain. Preliminary meeting was also attended by Austria and Eurojust. The participants have unanimously agreed that law enforcement within the EU could benefit from the creation of an informal network of authorities dealing with proceeds from crime. The meeting was held in 2003 in the attendance of Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, the Great Britain and Eurojust, whereas Europol assumed the role of Secretariat. On this meeting the participants have agreed on the name of this group - Camden Assets Recovery Inter-Agency Network (CARIN).

 

The CARIN network was then officially established at a Hague Congress held on 22 and 23 September, 2004. It was attended by representatives of all 25 EU Member States, Europol, Eurojust, several candidate countries, as well as by other organizations. The objective of this Congress was to establish an informal network of representatives with the aim to mutually improve the practice, methodology and techniques in the area of cross-border cooperation in the identification, seizure and confiscation of proceeds from crime. The main objective the creators of this network had in mind was improvement if international cooperation between authorities involved in criminal proceedings in the area of searching for proceeds from crime and seizure and confiscation thereof. Based on the discussions held at the founding Congress, the following recommendations were adopted:

- membership in the CARIN network is to be open to authorities involved in criminal proceedings,

- each member state is entitled to appoint one member of a Police body and one member of a judicial body as its representatives,

- each member state and observer must comply with the following conditions:

 

The members should clearly designate their national contact points. The number of contact points should be as necessary for effective functioning of the network. Therefore it is recommended to appoint no more than two contact points. These should be from a central authority that is engaged in the process of monitoring and seizure of assets. If it is not possible, this contact point must have a direct access to experts in this area.

 

The members will provide overviews and summaries of their legislation related to seizure of assets to other member states and observers and a summary of these materials will be published on the CARIN website.

 

The members will strive to fulfill the objectives stated in the “Declaration of Intentions”.

 

Every year there is a plenary meeting of members and observers held by the appointed presiding state. CARIN is directed by the Steerring Committee, which is assisted by the Europol Secretariat. Since 2005, the Czech Republic is a member of the Steering Committee.

 

The Czech Republic presided over the CARIN Network in 2010. Within this presidency the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic along with the Supreme Public Prosecutor’s Office organized a conference of the CARIN network in Prague, which took place on 15 – 17 September 2010. The Conference was attended not only by representatives of EU Member States, but also by representatives of Albania, Australia, Croatia, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Moldova, Jersey, South Africa,  Canada, Lichtenstein, Macedonia, Monaco, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Ukraine and USA, and also by representatives of the FAU of the Czech Republic, European Commission, Eurojust, Europol and the World Bank.

 

Carin 2010 ANNAUL GENERAL MEETING

 

The main topic of the conference was alternative means of searching and freezing of assets prior to the service of a request for mutual legal assistance. Also the possibilities of FAUs regarding to postponement of a client’s money transfer order were discussed, a well as the possibilities of searching for assets through the Schengen Information System and rights of aggrieved persons for damages in criminal proceedings. The conference has adopted recommendations of the participants for increasing the efficiency of cooperation, which the Czech Republic presented to the European Commission, the General Secretariat of the EU Council, Europol, Eurojust and the Egmond network.

 

For more information on the CARIN network please contact – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with a notice that your e-mail is addressed to the CARIN Secretariat.

 

 
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