21st EPAC/EACN
ANNUAL PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE AND
GENERAL ASSEMBLY

23-24 November, 2022

Palace of the Republic

16, Maria Cebotari Street,
Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

Know More About The Event

EPAC (European Partners against Corruption) includes over 70 anti-corruption authorities and police oversight bodies from the member countries of the Council of Europe, and EACN (European contact-point network against corruption) brings together over 50 anti-corruption institutions from the member states of the European Union, having a significant contribution in the joint efforts undertaken by the member states aimed to reduce and stop the phenomenon of corruption. In 2022, EPAC/EACN chose to organize the event in Chisinau, in 2021 it took place in Vilnius, Lithuania, and in 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden. Latest information regarding event will be communicated to EPAC/EACN members, also posted on EPAC/EACN website and social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter.

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November 23rd and 24th 2022

Our Event Schedule

10:00 - 11:00

Registration and welcome coffee/light buffet

Official opening and welcome remarks

Moderator:
– Foreign Relations and Communication Department, Administration of the President

11:30 - 12:00

Official opening of the 21st Annual Professional Conference and General Assembly

Speakers:
- Ms Maia Sandu, President of the Republic of Moldova
- Ms Margret Maria UEBBER, Ambassador, Federal Republic of Germany
- Mr Žydrūnas BARTKUS,Director, Special Investigation Service (STT), Lithuania, President of EPAC/EACN
- Ms Margarita ŠNIUTYTĖ-DAUGĖLIENĖ, Vice-President of Eurojust
- Ms Veronica DRAGALIN, Chief-prosecutor, Anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office Republic of Moldova
- Mr Thomas STELZER, Dean of the IACA
- Mr Iulian RUSU, Director, National Anti-corruption Centre (NAC), Republic of Moldova

Plenary Session 1 - INVESTIGATION OF HIGH LEVEL CORRUPTION CASES

Moderator:
– Mr Iulian RUSU, Director, National Anti-corruption Centre of the Republic of Moldova

12:00 - 14:00

Investigating high level corruption cases – obstacles and solutions. Case examples.

Speakers:
- Mr Tomas KRUŠNA, European Prosecutor, European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO)
- Ms Veronica DRAGALIN, Chiefprosecutor, Anti-corruption Prosecutor's Office Republic of Moldova
- Mr Jovitas RAŠKEVIČIUS, First Deputy Director of the Special Investigation Service (STT) of the Republic of Lithuania
- Mr Sven MIŠKOVIĆ, Deputy Head of the Office for the Suppression of Corruption and Organised Crime (USKOK), Croatia
- Mr Marc BROWN,Deputy Chief Investigator, Serious Fraud Office (SFO), UK
- Mr Costin VÂRLAN, Chief Prosecutor of the International Cooperation and Programs Service, National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA), Romani

14:00 - 14:30

Coffee Break

Plenary Session 2 - INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND INFORMATION EXCHANGE

Moderator:
– Mr Žydrūnas BARTKUS, President of the EPAC/EACN and Director of the Special Investigation Service (STT) of the Republic of Lithuania

14:30 - 16:00

Non-cooperative jurisdictions

Speaker:
- Mr Drago KOS, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions

Role and possibilities offered by the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (EUROJUST)

Speaker:
-Mr Steven DANIELS, Executive Support, Policy officer, European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (EUROJUST

Role and possibilities offered by the EUROPOL - Secure Information Exchange Network Application (SIENA) – successful use by the Anti-corruption Authorities (Case examples)

Speakers:
- Mr Borja PASTOR, Head of the Financial Crime Team, European Financial and Economic Crime Centre (EFECC), EUROPOL

OECD Law Enforcement Network of the Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ACN LEN) – facilitating the information and best practices exchange

Speaker:
- Mr Maris URBANS, AntiCorruption Law-Enforcement Expert, Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Anti-Corruption Division, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD

Assistance in cases of grand (high level) corruption cases. Intelligence sharing

- Mr Daniel MURPHY, Head of the International Anti-Corruption Coordination Centre (IACCC)

INTERPOL Financial Crime and Anti-Corruption Centre (IFCACC)

- Mr Adewale Afolabi OGUNDELE, Criminal Intelligence Officer, Anti-Corruption Unit, INTERPOL Financial Crime and Anti-Corruption Centre (IFCACC)

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break/Technical Break

16:30 - 16:50

Presentation by the International Association of the Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA)

Speaker:
- Mr Simon PEH, President of the IAACA

16:50 - 17:40

Nominations for the 2022 EPAC/EACN Award

Speaker:
- EPAC/EACN Secretariat

17:40 - 18:00

CONCLUSIONS

Speaker:
- Mr Žydrūnas BARTKUS, EPAC/EACN President, Director of the Special Investigation Service (STT) of the Republic of Lithuania

Main Room

Parallel Workshop 1: CRIMINAL ASSETS RECOVERY

Moderator:
– Mr Drago KOS, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions

09:30 - 11:50

International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR), Basel Institute on Governance – Activity. Successful cases.

Speaker:
- Ms Gretta FENNER, Managing Director of the Basel Institute on Governance

AP Asset Recovery

Speaker:
- Mr Borja PASTOR, Head of the Financial Crime Team, European Financial and Economic Crime Centre (EFECC), EUROPOL

Detecting and recovering proceeds gained from corruption: Azerbaijan experience

Speaker:
- Mr Isfandiyar HAJIYEV, Col. - Deputy Head, Organizational and information support department, Anti-Corruption General Directorate with the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Management of seized assets

Speaker:
- Ms Ana-Lorena SAVA, legal adviser with the status of a judge/prosecutor, Department for Crime Prevention, Ministry of Justice, Romania

Recovery of assets from corruption crimes

Speaker:
- Mr Vitalie RACU, Head of the Financial Investigations Division, Criminal Assets Recovery Agency (CARA), National Anti-corruption Centre (NAC), Republic of Moldova

Roles and responsibilities of institutions involved in asset recovery in Germany. Recovery of assets located in Germany

Speakers:
- Priv. Doz. Dr. Ralf Peter ANDERS, Chief Public Prosecutor of the Public Prosecutor's Office Hamburg, Germany
- Dr. Torsten SCHWARZ, Presiding Judge at the Hamburg Regional Superior Court

11:50 - 12:00

Conclusions

Speaker:
- Mr Drago KOS, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions

Additional Room

Parallel Workshop 2: CORRUPTION PREVENTION. RISK ASSESSEMENT – new tools

Moderator:
– Mr Hugh HUME, EPAC/EACN Deputy Vice-President POB, Commissioner of the Irish Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission

09:30 - 11:20

GRECO Fifth Evaluation Round

Speaker:
- Ms Hanne JUNCHER, Executive Secretary of the GRECO, Council of Europe

L’Agence française anticorruption (AFA)

Speaker:
- Ms Izadora ZUBEK, Anti - Corruption Agency (AFA), France

Anti-corruption General Directorate (DGA), Romania

Speaker:
- Mr Mihăiţă BÂRLICI, Head of the Prevention Directorate, AntiCorruption General Directorate (DGA) under the Ministry of the Interior, Romania

French High Authority for Transparency in Public Life (HATVP)

Speaker:
- Mr Tim CARON, International projects officer, High Authority for Transparency in Public Life, France

National Anti-corruption Centre (NAC), Republic of Moldova

Speaker:
- Mrs Adriana CAZACU, Main Inspector, Institutional Assessment Division, General Corruption Prevention Directorate, National Anti-corruption Centre (NAC), Republic of Moldova

11:20 - 11:30

Conclusions

Speaker:
- Mr Hugh HUME, EPAC/EACN Deputy Vice-President POB, Commissioner of the Irish Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission

10:20 - 10:40

Coffee Break – in between the workshops

Plenary Session 3

Moderator:
– Mr Žydrūnas BARTKUS, President of the EPAC/EACN and Director of the Special Investigation Service (STT) of the Republic of Lithuania

12:00 - 12:30

Presentation of the EPAC/EACN Awards

Speakers:
- EPAC/EACN Secretariat

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch

EPAC/EACN General Assembly

Chairman:
– Mr Žydrūnas BARTKUS, President of the EPAC/EACN and Director of the Special Investigation Service (STT) of the Republic of Lithuania

14:00 - 16:00

Decisions on membership applications

Presentation of outcomes of existing working groups and Task Forces

Adoption of the “Chisinau Declaration”

AOB

16:00 - 16:30

Closing session

Speakers:
- Mr Jānis MAŽEIKS, Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova
- Representatives of NAC and EPAC/EACN Board

Event Speakers

Meet Our First Speakers

Maia SANDU
Žydrūnas BARTKUS
Iulian RUSU
Veronica DRAGALIN
Thomas STELZER
Drago KOS
Tomas KRUŠNA
Simon PEH
Hanne Juncher
Gretta FENNER
Izadora ZUBEK
Mihăiţă BÂRLICI
Sven MIŠKOVIĆ
Isfandiyar HAJIYEV
Tim Caron
Jovitas Raškevičius
Hugh HUME
Adewale Afolabi OGUNDELE
Ana-Lorena SAVA
Torsten Schwarz
Ralf Anders

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Venue

Palatul Republicii

Address

Maria Cebotari St 16, Chișinău 2012
Republic of Moldova

Logistical note for travelling to Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

Contacts

EPAC/EACN Secretariat
Vilnius branch

Special Investigation Service (STT) of the Republic of Lithuania

Jakšto 6, Vilnius, Lithuania
Phone: +370 685 02778 / +370 706 63 336
Email:darius.mickevicius@stt.lt
ieva.lukoseviciene@stt.lt
julija.gorovniovaite@stt.lt

NAC
Valeriu CUPCEA (Mr.)

Head of the International Cooperation Directorate,
National Anti-corruption Centre,
198, Stefan cel Mare si Sfint Ave., MD-2004, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Landline/Fax: +373 22 257 351
Mobile: +373 797 43 505
Email: valeriu.cupcea@cna.md
Web: www.cna.md

EPAC/EACN Secretariat
Viena branch

Federal Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAK)
Herrengasse 7, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Email:secretariat@epac-eacn.org
Phone: +43(0)1 531 26 – 906843 / +43(0)1 531 26 – 906841

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