Activities in the past:
Country Specialised Training (activity 2.4):“Liability of legal persons for corruption offences”
(Minsk, Republic of Belarus, 21-22 October 2014)
The training “Liability of legal persons for corruption offences” took place in Minsk, on 21-22 October 2014. The training was organised in cooperation with the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Belarus. The participants appreciated the interactive approach with exercises based on real life cases, which allowed them to better understand certain aspect of liability of legal persons and particularly, criminal liability. The international and European experience and practice were of a particular interest for them.
Participants expressed interest in learning on how to apply European and other international Conventions in practice, especially when dealing with cases related to criminal liability of legal persons.
of Ms Natalia Iuras and Dr. Thomas Melzer
(2.2 and 2.3):“Implementing standards on criminal, administrative and civil liability of legal persons for corruption offences”
(Baku, Azerbaijan, 15-16 September and
17-18 September 2014)
The training entitled “Implementing standards on criminal, administrative and civil liability of legal persons for corruption offences” took place in Baku, on 15-16 September 2014, and in Tbilisi, on 17-18 September 2014.
The participants appreciated the interactive approach with exercises based on real life cases, which allowed them to better understand certain aspect of liability of legal persons and deepen their knowledge in the field in question. The feedback received from participants revealed that the topic of the training was very relevant because of the newly introduced concept of liability in both countries. Participants expressed the wish for further trainings on the same topic with even more exercises to come. The international and European experience, expertise and practice were of a particular interest for them.
Training materials and training method used by the trainers was rated as modern, user-friendly, and easy to understand. In addition to the training materials being available in English and Russian, participants suggested translation into their mother languages.
of Dr Tilman Hoppe and Dr Thomas Melzer
Country specialised training (2.1) “detecting patterns of irregular political party and electoral campaign financing”
(Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, 12-13 June 2014)
On 12-13 June 2014, the Project organised a two-day interactive
Training on “Political party and electoral campaign financing”
in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. It focused on strengthening capacities of oversight and auditing of political party and electoral campaign financing. Participants
came from relevant state bodies and from civil society organisations. The training looked at red flags, patterns of illegal cash-flow to and from political parties and campaigns, and at possible leads to uncover the illicit financing from the perspective of a financial analyst or investigator. It
was a combination of classroom discussions and group work on practical exercises (including a simulated investigation). The Project uses a comprehensive training manual in English and Russian which was piloted during a regional training in 2013.
Regional workshop (1): Reviewing and sharing of good practices on processing and verifying assets declarations
(Istanbul, Turkey, 28-29 May 2014)
The regional workshop entitled “Reviewing and sharing of good practices on processing and verifying assets declarations” brought together 25 professionals and civil society representatives from 6 partner countries of the EaP region to introduce different methods on how to analyse declarations financially and on how to detect hidden income and expenditures. The workshop was a combination of theory and practice which allowed participants to engage in a complex interactive investigative exercise and different tests on their knowledge in verification of asset declarations.
The feedback received from participants was positive. They underlined the usefulness of such interactive, hands-on trainings and stressed the need for the organisation of similar activities not only at regional but also at country level.
Pilot Activities in Georgia (3.1): Roundtable and assessment of the Draft AC Action Plan
Georgia on 2 May 2014)
Georgia is in the process of drafting a new Anti-Corruption Strategy/Action Plan for the years 2014 onwards. In order to support this process, the Project organised a public roundtable in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Georgia on 2 May 2014 in Tbilisi. Its aim was to discuss the self-Assessment Report on the implementation of the current Anti-Corruption Action Plan as well as to review the Draft Strategy and Action Plan for 2014 -2016.
The roundtable also focused on the development of the indicators of the Anti-Corruption Action Plan to insure its effective implementation. To this end, the Project provided recommendations on how indicators could measure success of actions quantitatively and qualitatively; the Project also pointed to the limits of indicators and to the need of avoiding indicators becoming a non-pragmatic and bureaucratic overhead. About 40 representatives of relevant governmental agencies, members of the Anti-Corruption Working group responsible for the preparation of the draft document, and representatives from civil sector and international organisations discussed the draft Strategy/Action Plan and contributed to the event.
Action Plan - Strategic Priorities 2014-2016
Regional Activity (2.2): Conference on “Analysis and typologies on laundering the proceeds of corruption in transition economies”
(Minsk, Belarus, 27 November 2013)
The Project interviewed relevant stakeholders of the six EaP-countries in Belarus, Georgia and Republic of Moldova in the period of April-July in 2012 and 2013. The information collected through these country visits were aggregated and fed into a draft regional typology study. The representatives of the six beneficiary FIUs came together to review and adopt the draft study at the 2nd regional workshop on 19 September 2013 in Strasbourg. The final Regional Typology Study and issues related to its findings were presented to a wider public at a Regional Conference which took place in Minsk on 27 November 2013.
of Mr Cedric Woodhall, CoE expert
of Ms Lisa Florkowski, CoE expert
Pilot Activity (3.4): Expertise on the Georgian draft law on the protection of whistleblowers
(Tbilisi, Georgia, October 2013)
Following recommendations by GRECO and with regard to the
European Commission’s “Action Plan on Visa Liberalisation with
Georgia” of February 2013, Georgia introduced amendments into
the Law on Public Service and into the Law on Conflicts of
Interest for further regulating protection of whistleblowers in
2009. The project prepared an expertise on legislative
amendments to improve the protection of whistleblowers in line
with European standards.
Training (3.3) for Civil Servants on Basic Anti-Corruption
(Minsk, Belarus 30 September – 3 October 2013)
Following the recent risks assessment mission to the Republic of Belarus on ethics in public service and its findings, the project
orgainised training for civil servants on basic anti-corruption concepts including ethics. The 4-day event
brought together 40 participants. The 4-day training consisted of presentations, classroom discussions and practical exercises focusing on the analysis, prevention, and criminalization of different forms of corruption.
The activity was organized in cooperation with the Prosecutor’s Office on Belarus, the main implementing partner of the project, and assistance
was provided by the CoE Info Point in Minsk.
of Dr Aive Pevkur
of Tilman Hoppe:
"Liability of Legal Persons" - Russian and English
"Risk assessment" - Russian and English
"International Standards" - Russian
"Success stories of fighting corruption" - Russian
of Tilman Hoppe and Dr Aive Pevkur
"Basic Anti-corruption concepts" - Russian
Risk Assessment (1.4): Prosecution Service of Georgia
(Tbilisi, Georgia 23-26 September 2013)
This activity was part of the regional activity on risk assessment through which underlying causes of corruption
were identified in a particular sector of the each Eastern Partnership country. Two experts conducted an in-country mission to Georgia to gather information through interviews with about 17 different stakeholders from the General Prosecutor’s Office, other state bodies, and civil society. The assessment
was focused in particular on the legal framework and actual exercise of discretion in the prosecution services. As a result of this exercise, an assessment report will be prepared containing an analysis of the system and recommendations for its further improvement.
Regional workshop (2.1): Laundering the proceeds of
corruption in transition economies
(Strasbourg, France 19 September 2013)
On 19 September 2013, the 2nd regional workshop entitled “Analysis and Typologies of laundering the proceeds of corruption in transition economies” took place in Strasbourg. Representatives of FIUs of EaP countries came together to discuss and adopt the draft study, which will be presented to the wider public at the Regional Conference in Minsk, Belarus on 21-22 November 2013.
Workshop participants discussed the draft document and several additions were made to the draft text.
All the participants mentioned the significance of such study, which allows not only identifying typical patterns of laundering proceeds of corruption but also sharing experience on how to deal with specific cases which are not common in the region.
Risk Assessment (1.4): Ethics in Public Service
(Minsk, Belarus 10 -12 September 2013)
During a country visit for the risk assessment on Ethics in Public Service, from 10 to 12 September 2013, the Project team held meetings with different stakeholders.
The aim of this regional activity is to analyse causes and risks of corruption, and identify weaknesses in countermeasures and need for action in integrity systems of the Eastern Partnership countries, by addressing a specific sector in each country. For Belarus, “Ethics in public service” has been chosen as a topic by the General Prosecutor’s Office.
The report which will be prepared following the country mission will address risks of ethical violations in civil service and to contribute to trainings on anti-corruption concepts and ethics for civil servants conducted on 30 September – 3 October 2013 in Minsk in the framework of the Project.
The report will focus on patterns of ethical conduct, possible explanations, and recommendations for action.
Regional activity (2.1): Analysis and typologies on laundering the proceeds of corruption in transition economies – country visit Belarus
(Minsk, Belarus, 22 July 2013)
On 22 July 2013, the Project held a meeting with representatives of the General Prosecutor’s Office, the State Financial Monitoring Service, the Investigation Committee, the Committee for State Security, the National Bank, and the Ministry of Interior in the framework of the Regional activity (2.1) “Analysis and typologies on laundering the proceeds of corruption in transition economies” aimed at researching and identifying typical patterns of laundering the proceeds of corruption in the Eastern Partnership region and preparing a regional typology study on this subject. The purpose of the country visit was to discuss and get more detailed information on cases, trends and techniques of laundering corruption proceeds in Belarus. The results of the meetings and provided information (on anonymous basis) will be incorporated in the regional typology study to be finalised and presented to a wider public at the Regional Conference (Activity 2.2).
Regional Training (2.4): “Implementing standards on criminal, administrative and civil liability of legal persons for corruption offences”
(Kyiv, Ukraine, 2-3 July 2013)
On 2-3 July 2013, the Project organised a Regional Training “Implementing standards on criminal, administrative and civil liability of legal persons for corruption offences” at the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine in Kyiv. The aim of this interactive training was to enhance the understanding of the concepts and of real life cases of liability of legal persons for corruption offences. It brought together investigators and prosecutors dealing with such cases, as well as law drafters and policymakers of the six Eastern Partnership countries. It was a combination of presentations, classroom discussions and group work on practical exercises. The Project will finalise a comprehensive Training Manual (including practical cases) that was piloted during the training to allow the participants to reinforce their newly acquired skills and to support further vocational trainings in their respective countries. The Manual will be available in English and Russian.
of Mr Tilman Hoppe
(link to the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice)
- June 2013
- December 2012
- December 2011