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Experts will seek ways to improve criminal liability prevention

The European Compliance Forum 2017 should offer space to seek for ways to make compliance programmes more effective.

Court session, illustrative stock photo.(Source: Sme)

Searching for the answer to the question why the so-called compliance programmes have an important place in the company will be the main focus of the European Compliance Forum 2017 conference held in Modra on May 18 and 19.

Regarding the recently amended law on the criminal liability of legal entities, many questions have been raised concerning the effectiveness of the costs of prevention. The law indirectly obliges the companies to implement into its internal structures the so-called compliance measures, i.e. a system of prevention that would eliminate any activities that may result in criminal prosecution.

“This law has a significant impact on the responsibility of statutory bodies and top representatives," said Lucia Schweizer and Sylvia Szabó of the law firm Ružička Csekes.

Since there is a kind of information vacuum that makes it more difficult for companies to deal with compliance programmes effectively, Schweizer and Szabó decided to create a platform which will offer know-how in compliance management to statutory representatives, top managers, compliance officers and other experts.

Read also:Criminal liability: Firms should focus on prevention

Several top Slovak and foreign experts will speak on the panels of the conference, trying to answer the question as to why compliance programmes are as important as risk management, management of operation, control of finances, HR management, procurement and sales.

Among them will be Milan Zelený, professor at Fordham University in New York, Sberbank Europe analyst Vladimír Vaňo, as well as experts from banks, companies and criminal authorities.

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