Financial Investigations and Confiscation of Assets in North Macedonia

12-13 May, Ohrid, North Macedonia: UNODC facilitated the organization of the second official meeting of the National Commission for monitoring the implementation of the National Strategy for Financial Investigations and Confiscation of Assets.

The meeting was attended by more than 15 members of the National Commission from the relevant institutions of North Macedonia, including Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice, Financial Police, Tax Administration, Customs Office, Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister, Public Prosecutor’s Office, Criminal Court, Asset Recovery Office, Agency for Management of Seized Assets and Judicial Academy. The purpose of the meeting was to assess the current state of implementation of the National Strategy and to draft the bi-annual report on implementation of the Strategy that will be presented to the Government of North Macedonia. UNODC will continue to provide support to the work of the National Commission with the objective to establish systematic monitoring and evaluation of the activities undertaken by the relevant authorities to achieve the targeted goals.

The UNODC asset recovery activities in South Eastern Europe are conducted within the project “From Illicit Financial Flows to Asset Recovery” in the framework of the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe and funded by the Government of the United Kingdom.

This activity contributes to SDG 16, particularly Target 16.4 to significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime.