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Money laundering: possibilities and problems in the law enforcement in Serbia
Nikolic-Ristanovic, Vesna; Copic, Sanja

This paper is a result of the research into the legal framework and practice regarding anti-money laundering activities and measures in Serbia. The purpose of the research was to get an insight into the legislation on money laun-dering in Serbia and the level of its harmonization with the demands and standards of international instruments, as well as into the existing practice and implementation problems.

The first part of the paper elaborates some of the most important international demands and standards for the penal law fight against money. In the second part we will give an overview of the development of anti-money laundering legislation and practice in Serbia during past five years. We will particularly emphasize possibilities for the law enforcement agencies given by the new legislation, in particular those foreseen in the Criminal Code, the Code on Criminal Procedure, and the Code on organised crime, as well as in the Anti-money laundering act. We will present the analysis of different measures and investigation techniques in this field describe the scope of the competences given to certain law enforcement agencies, such as the police, prosecutor`s office, court and the FIU. Although some inconsistencies can still be noticed in the existing legislation, we may conclude that the new legal provisions have completed and improved Serbian legislation.

However, the process of implementation of those new provisions and their harmonization with foreign, particularly European solutions is in some cases rather slow, not efficient enough and faced with different obstacles an problems. Due to that, we have to turn to the existing experience and prob-lems encountered so far, and on the basis of their analysis try to point out some further steps in terms of possible reforms of both legislation and practice in anti-money laundering filed in Serbia.


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The Cross-Border Crime Colloquium is an annual event since 1999. It brings together experts on international organised (economic) crime to discuss the latest developments in empirical research, legislation and law enforcement, with a special geographical focus on Western, Central, and Eastern Europe. The Colloquia aim at building bridges in three respects: between East and West Europe, between scholars and practitioners, and between old and young.
2019Olsztyn, Poland
2021Kongsvinger, Norway (Virtual)
2019Utrecht, the Netherlands
2018Kharkiv, Ukraine
2017Bratislava, Slovakia
2016Newcastle, United Kingdom
2015Prague, Czech Republic
2014Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzeg.
2013Cambridge, United Kingdom
2012Manchester, United Kingdom
2011Tilburg, The Netherlands
2009Ghent, Belgium
2008Beograd, Serbia
2007Prague, Czech Republic
2006Tallinn, Estonia
2005Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzeg.
2004Berlin, Germany
2003Ainring, Germany
2002Ljubljana, Slovenia
2001Bratislava, Slovakia
2000Budapest, Hungary
1999Prague, Czech Republic

The 22nd Cross-border Crime Colloquium will be hosted by the The University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland on 10 and 11 October 2022. We will soon share the agenda and details on how to attend.
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