Camden Assets Recovery Interagency Network

Who are we?

CARIN is an informal network of law enforcement and judicial practitioners, specialist in the field of asset tracing, freezing, seizure and confiscation. It is an interagency network. Each member state is represented by a law enforcement officer and a judicial expert (prosecutor, investigating judge, etc. depending on the legal system).

The purpose of CARIN is to increase the effectiveness of its members' efforts, on a multi-agency basis, to deprive criminals of their illicit profits.

CARIN contacts support the complete asset recovery process, from the starting point of the investigation involving the tracing of assets, to freezing and seizure, management and finally the forfeiture/confiscation, including any necessary asset sharing between jurisdictions. The representatives of the member states are called “national contact points”. All of them are English speaking as the working language of the network is English. CARIN contacts may be contacted directly by phone or email.

CARIN currently has 54 registered member jurisdictions, including 28 EU Member States and nine international organisations. It is also linked to the other five regional asset recovery inter-agency networks (ARINs) across the globe.

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Key Objectives

In seeking to meet its aim CARIN's key objectives are to:

  • establish a network of contact points;
  • focus on the proceeds of all crimes, within the scope of international obligations;
  • establish itself as a centre of expertise on all aspects of tackling the proceeds of crime;
  • promote the exchange of information and good practice;
  • undertake to make recommendations to bodies such as the European Commission and the Council of the European Union, relating to all aspects of tackling the proceeds of crime;
  • act as an advisory group to other appropriate authorities;
  • facilitate, where possible, training in all aspects of tackling the proceeds of crime;
  • emphasise the importance of cooperation with the private sector in achieving its aim; and
  • encourage members to establish national asset recovery offices.

The History of CARIN

In October 2002 a conference was held in Dublin co-hosted by the Criminal Assets Bureau Ireland and Europol. The conference was attended by representatives of all Member States of the European Union and some applicant states together with Europol and Eurojust. Participants were drawn from law enforcement agencies and judicial authorities within member states. Workshops were held between practitioners and the objective was to present recommendations dealing with the subject of identifying, tracing and seizing the profits of crime. One of the recommendations arising in the workshops was to look at the establishment of an informal network of contacts and a cooperative group in the area of criminal asset identification and recovery.

Network Structure and Functioning

The CARIN permanent Secretariat is based at Europol Headquarters in the Hague. CARIN members meet together regularly at an Annual General Meeting (AGM). Access to the CARIN network and its website is restricted only to members of the network. The organization is governed by a Steering Group of nine members and a rotating Presidency.

Who can use CARIN?

You can request CARIN assistance if you are a law enforcement officer (police/customs/other law enforcement agency), a prosecutor, magistrate or judge, or an official from an Asset Recovery Office (ARO) or Asset Management Office (AMO).

Steering Group

CARIN has a Steering Group consisting of up to nine members, from which one member is elected President. The Steering Group period runs from 1 January each year and concludes on 31 December. Membership of the Steering Group rotates periodically with up to three members offering to stand down each year to enable other Members to join the Steering Group. If the number of candidates exceeds the number of vacancies a vote of all Members is taken.

The Steering Group oversees the administration of the network, receives applications for membership and observer status and decides if a state, jurisdiction or 3rd party meets the criteria for membership. Europol and Eurojust have permanent observer status in the Steering Group. The Steering Group may establish working groups to examine and report on legal and practical issues. The Steering Group also assists in the preparation of the annual conference agenda and identifies areas for consideration at plenary meetings.

In 2015 the CARIN Steering Group Member jurisdictions are Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Guernsey, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United States of America.