Cashback: How can the EU help in returning stolen assets?

Jasna Šelih
13 April, 2017

Transparency International EU, the International State Crime Initiative and Open Society Foundations will be hosting a workshop on the role of the EU in stolen asset recovery on

Wednesday, 3 May 2017 at 10.00

in the European Parliament, Room ASP A8F388.

Register here.

For too long the corrupt have been able to steal from the public purse with impunity. One of the best ways to address this is to prevent people from profiting from the proceeds of corruption. Asset recovery – the process of returning stolen assets to their rightful owners – is the new frontline in the fight against corruption.

What role can the EU play within the framework of its external relations and international cooperation and trade policies? Western countries, including EU member states, have the responsibility not just to return confiscated assets to their nations of origin but also to repatriate these responsibly. Returned assets must not end up back in the hands of corrupt ruling elites, but should serve the citizens of the countries they are taken from.

The workshop will look at two ongoing legal forfeiture cases related to two countries, Uzbekistan and Equatorial Guinea. EU officials, experts and civil society actors will debate what to do with assets once they have been confiscated through due judicial process, and how assets can be responsibly repatriated in states where grand corruption and systemic human rights abuses are rife.



9:30 Registration (coffee will be provided)

10:00 Welcoming remarks: Carl Dolan, Transparency International EU Director & Anna Colombo, Special Adviser in the European Parliament, S&D Group

10:30 Panel 1: The system of grand corruption in Uzbekistan and Equatorial Guinea, European external relations and how the EU can tackle corruption

Lucas Olo Fernandez, Regional Coordinator for Central Africa, Transparency International Secretariat

Kristian Lasslett, International State Crime Initiative

Umida Niyazova, Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights

Nadejda Atayeva, Central Asia Petition

James Shaw, Senior Legal Officer, UNICRI

12.00 Break (coffee and light lunch will be provided)

Panel 2: Civil forfeiture cases as an opportunity to redress victims of corruption

William Bourdon, Sherpa Association

Brian Campbell, Consultant, Open Society Foundations

Anne Scheltema Beduin, Transparency International Netherlands

13:45 Closing remarks: Ana Gomes, Member of the European Parliament


Registration form here

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

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Elisa Sola

Policy Advocacy Assistant