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Freezing and confiscation tools

Eurojust supports practitioners in dealing with serious crimes concerning two or more Member States. This support includes identifying, freezing and confiscating the proceeds of crime.

Council Framework Decision 2003/577/JHA of 22 July 2003 on the execution in the European Union of orders freezing property or evidence and Council Framework Decision 2006/783/JHA of 6 October 2006 on the application of the principle of mutual recognition to confiscation orders, are important tools in ensuring that crime does not pay. Each Decision provides practitioners with a standard certificate. This certificate should be completed before being sent to the Member State where the asset is located.

Certificates should be completed by the issuing country in a language officially accepted by the executing country and sent to the executing country's competent authority.

Word versions of the certificates for the issuing of freezing and confiscation orders are available in the Judicial Library of the EJN website, together with other useful practical information on the two instruments, via the following specific links:

- for Council Framework Decision 2003/577/JHA (freezing) -  here
- for Council Framework Decision 2006/783/JHA (confiscation) - here

In addition, you may use  the EJN Judicial Atlas as a tool to find the contact details of the competent executing/receiving authorities for the execution of freezing (measures 501, 502 or 504) and confiscation orders (measure 505).