The aim of the European Project Payback is to develop and test in selected MS an Innovative Data Management System (i.e. Payback DMS prototype) for the collection, management and automatic analysis of data on seized assets as to increase the efficiency of assets management and promote international cooperation among stakeholders in the EU. The Payback DMS is intended to be a scalable ICT tool (transferable with adaptations to different EU contexts and supporting multi-lingual interface) that will be developed starting from the existing experiences at MS level and stakeholders' needs.
Management of seized and provisionally confiscated assets is crucial for the overall effectiveness of prosecutors to secure assets value before confiscation. The idea of actively managing the assets is not well-established, thus a great number of assets lay, also because of the intricacy of their management, in bad conditions and lose value before final confiscation. This is the consequence of a variety of situations (e.g. scant awareness, lack of resources and unfamiliarity with managerial principles) but mainly it is due to the lack of a comprehensive and updated data management system for mapping seized assets, since it prevents relevant agencies from knowing which assets are available for management, where they are located, their characteristics, as well as any critical issue, and to track them at different stages of the procedure. At present, such systems lack in the vast majority of the MS.