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Confiscation and freezing orders (CFOs) are a major means of countering crime. However, EU rates of illicit asset freezing and confiscation remain low. Furthermore, a widespread lack of knowledge and implementation guidance regarding national and European CFO legislation poses a significant barrier to the effectiveness of regulations which seek to address this issue.

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The main outcomes of this project will be:

1. An online database offering information on national freezing/confiscation procedures.

2. A Massive Online Open Course and a podcast raising awareness of Regulation 2018/1805.

3. A set of common practical standards and recommendations



FORCE will conduct a background assessment of the legal systems and practices of a number of member states to identify potential institutional barriers to the application of Regulation (EU) 2018/1805.

This will be followed by an examination of the internal rules and soft law instruments of all relevant member states as they pertain to the new reform. The desk research findings will inform a series of interviews with EU judges, prosecutors, lawyers, attorneys and law enforcement officers involved in CFO administration. These interviews will enable FORCE to understand the experiences and concerns of relevant legal professionals at the national level.