EU Asset Recovery Offices

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EU Asset Recovery Offices Logo
PurposeRecovering the financial gain from crime
European Union
LeaderEU Commission & Europol

Council Decision 2007/845/JHA (“the Decision”) obliges Member States to set up or designate national Asset Recovery Offices (“AROs”) as national central contact points which facilitate, through enhanced cooperation, the fastest possible EU-wide tracing of assets derived from crime. The Decision allows the AROs to exchange information and best practices, both upon request and spontaneously, regardless of their status (administrative, law enforcement or judicial authority). It requests AROs to exchange information under the conditions laid down in Framework Decision 2006/960/JHA (“the Swedish Initiative”) and in compliance with the applicable data protection provisions.[1]

The Decision is also intended to support the CARIN (Camden Assets Recovery Interagency Network), a global network of practitioners and experts aimed at enhancing mutual knowledge about methods and techniques for cross-border identification, freezing, seizure and confiscation of illicitly acquired assets.[1]


Member States are required to ensure that AROs cooperate with each other in facilitating the tracing and identification of proceeds of crime and other crime related assets by exchanging information and best practices, both upon request and spontaneously. The exchange of information and best practices between AROs should take place regardless of their status (administrative, law enforcement or judicial authority).[1] The purpose of AROs is to remove the financial gain from crime.

List of Member AROs[edit]

  • Austria Austria - Bundesministerium für Inneres - Bundeskriminalamt
  • Belgium Belgium - Central Office for Seizure and Confiscation (COSC)
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria - Commission for Anti-Corruption and Illegal Assets Forfeiture (CACIAF)
  • Croatia Croatia - Criminal police directorate - National police for suppression of corruption and organised crime - Economic crime and corruption department
  • Cyprus Cyprus - MOKAS (Unit for Combating Money Laundering)
  • Czech Republic Czechia - National Organized Crime Agency (NCOZ)
  • Denmark Denmark - State Prosecutor for Serious Economic & International Crime - The Danish Asset Recovery Office
  • Estonia Estonia - Asset Recovey Bureau - National Criminal Police -Police and Border Guard Board
  • Finland Finland - National Bureau of Investigation/ Criminal Investigation/Financial Crime Intelligence
  • France France
    • Central Directorate for Criminal Investigations - Platform for the identification of Criminal Assets (PIAC)
    • AGRASC (Agence de gestion et de recouvrement des avoirs saisis et confisqués) Agency for the recovery and mangement of seized and confiscated assets)
  • Germany Germany
  • Greece Greece
  • Hungary Hungary
  • Republic of Ireland Ireland - Criminal Assets Bureau
  • Italy Italy
  • Latvia Latvia
  • Lithuania Lithuania
  • Luxembourg Luxembourg
  • Malta Malta
  • Netherlands Netherlands
  • Poland Poland
  • Portugal Portgual
  • Romania Romania
  • Slovakia Slovakia
  • Slovenia Slovenia
  • Spain Spain
  • Sweden Sweden
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND TO THE COUNCIL based on Article 8 of the Council Decision 2007/845/JHA of 6 December 2007 concerning cooperation between Asset Recovery Offices of the Member States in the field of tracing and identification of proceeds from, or other property related to, crime (PDF) (Report). EU Commission. Retrieved 11 January 2019. Content is copied from this source, which is © European Union, 1995-2018. Reuse is authorised, provided the source is acknowledged.

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