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Expert: Belarus and the EU deal with the same forms of financial crime

MINSK (BelTA) – Belarus and the European Union have to deal with the same forms of financial crime, Igoris Krzeckovskis, a consultant with UNODC's Global Program against Money-Laundering, told reporters before an international workshop on tax fraud, BelTA has learned.

“Belarus, in fact, faces the same problems as the countries of the European Union. These include money laundering, illicit trafficking of goods, and export/import fraud. One and the same scheme is used in many countries,” Igoris Krzeckovskis said.

The expert noted that the scope of shadow turnover is still impressive, and the European Union is doing its best to reduce it.

“I joined the agencies combating fraud and money laundering in 1993, and I can say that criminal methods have been rapidly evolving. In the 1990s we were dealing with simple, inelaborate operations that, unfortunately, frequently involved some kind of a corruption scheme. Today criminals use computer technologies and take advantage of the new opportunities of the financial market,” Igoris Krzeckovskis specified.

The TAIEX Workshop on Tax Fraud as a Criminal Offense: New Schemes and Instruments, Justice and Home Affairs has been organized by the Financial Investigations Department of the State Control Committee of Belarus and the European Commission within the framework of the TAIEX instrument facilitating technical cooperation and information exchange of the EU with other countries.