How to put confiscated criminal assets to good use?
- Parliamentary Assembly
debate on 27 April 2022 (14th sitting) (see Doc. 15500, report of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human
Rights, rapporteur: Mr André Vallini). Text
adopted by the Assembly on 27 April 2022 (14th sitting).
The Parliamentary Assembly refers
to its Resolution 2434
and reaffirms its full and wholehearted support
for fighting organised crime and corruption, including through the
systematic confiscation of assets of illegal origin.
It refers to its previous work aimed at facilitating the confiscation
of illegal assets by authorising their confiscation without prior
conviction and by reversing the burden of proof, with adequate safeguards (Resolution 2218 (2018)
as well as by strengthening financial intelligence units and intensifying
international co-operation (Resolution
3. It also recalls the important work accomplished in this sense
by the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) and the Committee
of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and
the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL) and stresses the importance
of the Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation
of the Proceeds from Crime (ETS No. 141) and 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).
4. As a follow-up to this work, the Assembly invites the Committee
of Ministers to consider preparing a recommendation to member States
aimed at promoting the social reuse of confiscated illegal assets.
5. It considers that having a recommendation based on an in-depth
study of the best practices already put in place by several member
States would send a powerful signal to the communities affected
by criminal and corrupt practices that crime does not pay and that
the rule of law is capable of defending them by using those ill-gotten
gains to fight crime and repair the damage it does.