The Government passed on Wednesday the bill on the establishment of the National Agency for the Management of Seized Assets, which will report to the Ministry of Justice.
According to a Government release to Agerpres, the responsibilities of the agency are as follows: facilitate the tracking and identification of proceeds of crime and other goods related to crimes that could be subject to freezing, seizure or confiscation orders issued by a competent judicial authority during criminal procedures; to manage, in the cases stipulated by law, the movable assets seized during the criminal procedures; to capitalize in the cases provided for by law, the movable assets seized during criminal procedures; to manage the national integrated information system for the record of claims arisen from crime; to support the judicial bodies use the best practices in the identification and management of the assets that can be subject to freezing and confiscation measures during the criminal procedures; to coordinate, assess and monitor at national level the implementation of the policies regarding the recovery of claims arisen from crime.
The agency manages and keeps record of the monies subject to seizure, of the amounts of money resulted from the capitalization of perishable goods, of the amounts resulting from the special cases of recovery of seized movable assets, as well as of the amounts owed for whatever reason to the suspect, the defendant or the civilly accountable party, which are subject to garnishment.
The National Agency for the Management of Seized Assets will be headed by a director general appointed by the Minister of Justice, and will have 35 employees.
In working out the bill, the Ministry of Justice consulted with structures responsible for the management of seized assets from Belgium, France and the Netherlands, during working visits organized by the European Commission in the current month.