The Head of the Office for Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity
Viesturs Burkāns was born on 6 January 1957 in Jelgava, Latvia.
Mr.Burkāns holds a Master's degree in Law from the University of Latvia (2001). Previous professional experience has been gained in law enforcement authorities. From 1980 until 1993 Mr.Burkāns was investigator’s trainee, investigator, and senior investigator in Jelgava Interregional Prosecutor's Office. From 1993 until 1994 he was Deputy of Jelgava Regional Public Prosecutor. From 1994 until 1995 – Prosecutor in the Criminal Department of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic of Latvia. From 1995 until 1996 – Chief Prosecutor in the Preliminary Inquiry Monitoring Division of the Criminal Department of the Prosecutor General's Office. From 1996 until 1998 – Chief Prosecutor in the Methodology Division of the Prosecutor General's Office.
In 1998 with the order of the Prosecutor General Mr.Burkāns was appointed as the Head of the Office for Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity.
Since 1998 Mr.Burkāns has also been the Head of Latvian Delegation in the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL) of the Council of Europe. He is also an active Head of the Latvian delegation in other Committees of the Council of Europe.
In 2002 Mr.Burkāns was trained as MONEYVAL expert, and from 2002 until 2006 as a member of the expert committee he has participated in examining and evaluating money laundering and terrorist financing prevention system of such countries as Bulgaria, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro.
Mr.Burkāns has successfully defended compliance of Latvian money laundering and terrorist financing prevention system with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) international standards for combating money laundering and financing of terrorism and proliferation (spread of weapons of mass destruction) during MONEYVAL plenaries in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2012.