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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 were presented and discussed in public in this symposium.


Chair: Kai Lindenberg, University of Groningen






Overview of FCInet operations
Moniek Raijmakers - FCInet secretariat


Enhanced Exchange of Information: International Legal Cooperation
Pim Geelhoed, University of Groningen


Enhanced Exchange of Information: Protection of Personal Data
Rolf Hoving, University of Groningen




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


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


Questions and answers
Panel of all speakers


Presentation of report and closure


Registration is closed.