Action against economic crime



Provision of the expert opinion on the AML/CFT secondary legislation

In December 2011 PACA project delivered the expert opinion concerning the recently drafted secondary AML/CFT legislation (Instruction no. 20 of the Ministry of Finance of Albania concerning the reporting methods and procedures of the obliged persons and entities under the Law on Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing and Instruction no. 21 of the Ministry of Finance of Albania on reporting methods and procedures of designated non-financial professions) assessing and providing concrete recommendations on their conformity with Recommendation 5 of the Financial Action Task Force as well as their compliance with recommendations of the MONEYVAL Report on Fourth Assessment Visit.

Technical Paper  English

Trainings on the investigation of corruption and money laundering, and on tracking the proceeds of crime

Following the agreement with the School of Magistrates and the General Directorate of Police of Albania, PACA organised two interactive trainings with nine certified trainers on the investigation of corruption and money laundering, and on tracking and seizing the proceeds of crime. The trainings took place in Vlora - first one was held from 15 to 18 November 2011 while the second one took place from 23-25 November 2011.

Agenda 15- 18 November 2011
Agenda 23 - 25 November 2011

Conference: "Reforming the System of Immunities in Albania - the Path Ahead"

Following the dissemination of the Technical Paper (CMU-PACA-07/2011) on "Immunities in Council of Europe Member States: Legislative, Executive and Judicial Office Holders" in late March 2011, and PACA roundtable event on "The System of Immunities in Albania: Comparative Analysis and Assessment of the Stakeholders’ Positions" held on 12 April 2011, PACA has prepared a second Technical Paper (CMU-PACA-19/2011) on ‘Recommendations for the Future Regulation of Immunities of Elected Officials in Albania’. This second paper is intended to be the key input to a final Conference to be held jointly by PACA and EURALIUS projects on "Reforming the Albanian Law on Immunities: The Path Ahead" which took place on 18 October 2011. The aim of the conference was to review and discuss the recommendations and to achieve the agreement on the reform path to be chosen.

Agenda English / Albanian
Technical Paper English
PACA expert presentation English

Risk Assessments Completed

In June 2011 PACA completed the last risk assessment scheduled under the project workplan. The assessments -  Education system in Albanian, Complaints against Judges, the Immovable Property Registration System, Social Housing Allocation, the Healthcare System, and the Albanian Competition Authority, analyse the vulnerability to corruption of legal and institutional frameworks in the sectors/institutions selected, and provide targeted and timelined recommendations to address those vulnerabilities. By September 2011 PACA had received written feedback from the relevant institutions on all the assessments except on Complaints against Judges, and was in discussions with the beneficiary institutions on which of PACA's recommendations were to be taken into account in official policies and how. In the case of the Healthcare assessment, following discussions with the beneficiary small changes were to be made to the assessment report during October 2011.

Final Stage of Training of Trainers Program
(Strasbourg, France 2-4 May 2011)

PACA has supported the Albanian School of Magistrates and the Police Formation Center to develop training plans and materials to be used by the two institutions in the preparation and delivery of trainings on the investigation of corruption and money laundering, and on tracking and seizing the proceeds of crime. The third and final stage of the training of trainers program took place in Strasbourg. At the end of the session PACA provided certificates to the future trainers. Following an agreement with the School of Magistrates and the General Directorate of Police, the nine certified trainers were engaged by the School of Magistrates and the Police in their future training programs.

Agenda English / Albanian

Study visit to London, United Kingdom, 28-30 March 2011

PACA was launching a series of actions aimed at strengthening the preventive measures applicable in Albania against the risk of corruption and money laundering at the hands of Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs). In anticipation of the aforementioned activities, on 28-30 March 2011 PACA organized a study visit of the Albanian General Department on the Prevention of Money Laundering, the Albanian High Inspectorate for the Declaration and Audit of Assets, the Bank of Albania and some commercial banks to the UK Financial Services Authority.

Agenda English

Project Steering Committee meeting
(Tirana, Albania, 4 March 2011)

The 4th Project Steering Committee meeting discussed the implementation of the PACA project from September 2010 till March 2011. Views on how to move forward with implementation of certain specific project activities were exchanged and certain adjustments in the workplan were proposed. The meeting took place in the building of the Council of Ministers of Albania.

Agenda English / Albanian