The director of the Secretariat of the Independent Anti-Corruption Advisory Committee (CCIA) Ion Guzun and the representatives of the Agency for Court Administration (ACA) discussed the necessary steps for the implementation of the relevant recommendations mentioned in the report “The Offshore Republic”: Review of factors leading to systemic fraud and money laundering in Moldova’s banking, financial and insurance sectors. The report is available in English here and in Romanian here.
During the working session on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, Ion Guzun highlighted the importance of the following reforms:
- The Agency for Court Administration should publish online all court decisions of the Economic District Court and the Economic Court of Appeal. (12 months)
- The Agency for Court Administration should amend the Civil Procedure Code to improve its case management system to avoid the registration of cases already pending or previously decided upon. (6 months)
The representatives of the ACA underlined the challenges pertaining to the publication of the decisions of the economic courts, as well as the management process of the repetitive requests, that were made by the same litigants, on the same topic, at different headquarters or courts. The Agency representatives also mentioned that currently more than 300.000 court decisions of the Chisinau District Economic Court and the Economic Court of Appeal were scanned and made available upon request. However, they are not yet publicly accessible on the national online portal of courts.
At the moment, efforts are being made to identify technical solutions for the depersonalization of data in accordance with the Regulation of the Superior Council of Magistracy regarding the publication of court decisions on the national online portal of courts and on the web page of the Supreme Court of Justice.
“The recommendations mentioned in the report offer clear, specific and applicable solutions, which are part of the justice reform. Complex efforts will be undertaken by the relevant institutions in order to fully implement the actions as per their mandate”, is mentioned in the ACA message.
“The Offshore Republic”: Review of factors leading to systemic fraud and money laundering in Moldova’s banking, financial and insurance sectors is the first report published by the CCIA in July 2022. In it, the Committee illustrates key events that explain the fraudulent schemes that emerged more than 20 years ago and led to the laundering of tens of billions of dollars through the banking system, which facilitated several illicit activities with the participation of state institutions, known generally as “the banking fraud”. The report presents well-grounded findings and provides conclusions and recommendations on strengthening institutional capacity, increasing transparency in their work, changing the legislation, improving oversight mechanisms in the financial, banking, and insurance sectors.
The Committee appreciates the opportunity to discuss constructively the recommendations mentioned in the report and welcomes the willingness of the ACA representatives to cooperate on the implementation of these reforms in the near future, to achieve a better organization of the Agency’s activity.
In accordance with the CCIA’s mandate, established by a presidential decree in June 2021, the Committee will continue to monitor the implementation of the recommendations by the relevant institutions and will make public its assessments every six months or on ad hoc basis, depending on needs.