Confiscated assets

Thanks to the intuition of Sicilian Pio La Torre, who first understood the impact that tackling mafia’s properties and assets may produce, and the then Home Secretary Virginio Rognoni’s efforts, the Italian Parliament approved the first law on social re-use in 1996. Italian experience may be considered as a pilot run which can inspire other MS to undertake this orientation. In this regard, in 2014 the EU Parliament and the Council approved the Directive 2014/42/EU on the freezing and confiscation of crime proceeds in the European Union, underlining the priority of a more effective identification, confiscation and re-use of criminal assets. The EU Directive points out as well the importance of collecting statistical data in order to identify the geographical distribution of criminal organizations and their related properties. Libera underlines the usefulness of social re-use practices, aimed at developing a culture of lawfulness, and it is engaged in spreading this practice around the world.





Europol Criminal Asset Recovery in the EU – Survey of Statistical Information report, 2016