Online training for civil society in Moldova: Asset recovery and sanctions

Civil society has an extensive role to play in asset recovery; from helping to identify cases where public assets have been stolen, to campaigning against legal loopholes that allow for illicit financial flows, to monitoring the use of returned assets.

Join our three-day online training to learn more about investigations, asset recovery, and sanctions, as well as to discuss potential advocacy opportunities in these areas in Moldova.

Start: Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 2.00 pm EET (Chișinău time)

End: Friday, November 13, 2020, 1.30 pm EET (Chișinău time)

Day 1: Corruption and offshore finance (Nov. 11, 2.00 – 5.00 pm EET)

We will look at the most common ways kleptocrats use to hide their money offshore, explore the basics of financial investigations, including how to maximise the use of access to information legislation.

14:00Welcome and introductions Lucia Cizmaziova
14:35Introduction to offshore finance Jackson Oldfield
15:10Public asset theft: case study exercise Agatino Camarda
15:50Basics of financial investigations Alex Brutelle
16:40Access to information Alex Brutelle
17:00End of Day 1

Day 2: Asset recovery worldwide and in Moldova (Nov. 12, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm EET)

The second day will offer an overview of the most successful global, as well as regional asset recovery practices and cases, with a number of expert guest speakers.

10:00Warm up CIFAR
10:15Introduction to asset recovery Jackson Oldfield
11:10Lessons learnt from asset recovery efforts in Ukraine Tetiana Shevchuk
13:00Asset recovery laws and stakeholders in Moldova Radu Botezatu (presentation in Romanian)
14:15The 1 Billion Bank Fraud Veaceslav Negruta
15:15The role of civil society in asset recovery in Moldova Agatino Camarda
16:00End of Day 2

Day 3: Sanctions and CSO security (Nov. 13, 10.00 am – 1.30 pm EET)

During the third day, participants will learn about and discuss how international sanctions are being used to fight corruption and advance asset recovery, as well as about the safety and security of civil society work.

10:00Warm up CIFAR
10:15Introduction to sanctions Lucia Cizmaziova
10:45Sanctions from the Moldovan perspective Dumitru Alaiba
11:20Discussion about sanctions in the Moldovan context CiFAR  
12:15CSO Security Alex Brutelle
13:15Wrap up & next steps CiFAR
13:30End of Day 3

Guest speakers:

  • Tetiana Shevchuk, Legal Counsel, Anti-corruption Action Centre
  • Veaceslav Negruta, Financial Expert, Transparency International Moldova
  • Radu Botezatu, Head of the International Cooperation Unit, Criminal Asset Recovery Agency
  • Dumitru Alaiba, Member of the Moldovan Parliament

To participate in the online training, please sign up here: https://forms.gle/6R8u6EErNsVXDt8w8

Following your registration, you will be emailed an access link and a detailed agenda.