A delegation led by Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar participated in Italy in a workshop organized by UNESCO on the fight against illicit trafficking in cultural goods and a visit was made to the National Anti-Mafia and Anti-terrorism Directorate. According to a press release of the General Prosecutor’s Office, Augustin Lazar, upon UNESCO’s invitations, 12 to 15 November, took part in the workshop on “Combating Illicit Trafficking in Cultural Goods” organized in Rome. The event addressed the authorities in Romania and the Republic of Moldova and represented an opportunity for participants to develop their knowledge in the fields related to the prevention and combating of illicit trafficking in cultural goods, such as the return of cultural goods, prevention measures and risk reduction. During the event, Augustin Lazar held a presentation on the protection of cultural heritage from the perspective of the national authorities’ expertise in this field. Lazar also detailed aspects regarding the specific legislation and presented a case study, thus facilitating the exchange of good practices between the Italian, Romanian and Moldovan authorities. On Tuesday, Augustin Lazar had a meeting with Riccardo Fuzio, the Prosecutor General of the Italian Court of Cassation. The talks focused on the Romanian-Italian judicial cooperation, aspects related to the European Prosecutor’s Office, the collaboration between the two General Prosecutors’ Offices, including in the context of events that will take place when Romania takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union, the cited source specified. On Wednesday, the Romanian delegation paid a visit to the Anti-Mafia and Anti-terrorism National Directorate, where they met with Federico Cafiero de Raho, the National Anti-mafia Prosecutor. The topics addressed during the meeting focused on the Romanian-Italian cooperation in the fight against organized crime, the precautionary measures and the importance of the recovery of assets within the criminal proceedings. During the meetings with the Prosecutor General of the Italian Court of Cassation and the National Anti-Mafia Prosecutor, the strengthening of the cooperation and organization of future working meetings between the Italian and Romanian magistrates were agreed upon.
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