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Enhanced Exchange of Information in Financial Investigations

When:We 17-11-2021 16:00 - 18:00
Where:Forum Groningen, Rabo Studio, Nieuwe Markt 1, Groningen
financial law

Symposium organized by the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology, University of Groningen

Financial transgressions and irregularities are becoming increasingly international in nature, due to improving technologies in connectivity, and facilitated by the global financial system. At the same time, government authorities face many difficulties and delays in investigating financial and tax crimes and irregularities. In order to keep up with developments, governments have devised advanced methods of investigations. Among these methods, exchange of information is key.

Arguably one of the most advanced methods is the one that is used in FCInet, which is based on the idea that collections of data on persons are encrypted in filters, and sent from one network participant to another. Information is only revealed if it concerns a person already known to the recipient. This match then provides a basis for further cooperation. This mode of information exchange raises many legal questions: how can this form of information exchange best be classified? Which legal bases in international and national law support this form of cooperation? To what extent is this exchange of information covered by data protection rules, and what do these entail? A research project of the University of Groningen attempted to find answers to these questions. The main findings are presented and discussed in public in this symposium.

Programme

Chair: Kai Lindenberg, University of Groningen

15.45-16.00h

Arrivals

16.00-16.05h

Welcome

16.05-16.15h

Overview of FCInet operations
FCInet secretariat representative

16.15-16.30h

Exchange of information in financial investigations: fundamental legal questions
Pim Geelhoed, University of Groningen

16.30-16.45h

Exchange of information in financial investigations: practical consequences
Rolf Hoving, University of Groningen

16.45-17.00h

Break

17.00-17.10h

A view from a participating authority
Bert Bouwen, Bijzondere Belastinginspectie (Belgium)

17.10-17.30h

Legal research on FCInet: a view from the outside
Els De Busser, Leiden University

17.30-17.55h

Questions and answers
Panel of all speakers

17.55-18.00h

Presentation of report and closure

Registration

You can register for this symposium by sending an email to mr. Marlo Post at m.post rug.nl. Please indicate whether you would like to join onsite or online. Upon registration, you will receive a link to the livestream event. Attendance is free of charge.