Action against economic crime

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PECK-Kosovo* - Project against Economic Crime

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

 

 


Corruption remains a serious challenge for Kosovo*. According to a number of surveys conducted by national and international organizations, control of corruption has proved to be scarce. In the field of money laundering and terrorism financing, recent assessments have also shown that there is a need for continuous legislative and organizational reforms to bring Kosovo* in line with European and international standards. While reforms related to corruption and money laundering have been underway for several years, there has been no structured, longer-term process to assess the progress and impact achieved up to date and highlight short-medium and long term reform steps. In view of this and while acknowledging the need of a structured and unified assessment process in Kosovo* and in these areas (Anti-corruption and Anti-Money Laundering and Countering of Terrorist Financing based on international/regional standards and practices as well as the successful experience of previous interventions of the Council of Europe carried out in Kosovo*, a project to address actions as such was designed in cooperation with counterpart institutions in Kosovo* and European Union Office in Pristina. As a results an IPA 2012’ Contribution Agreement as a Joint Programme was signed in January 2012 between the Council of Europe and the European Union Office in Pristina. The PECK Project started on 1 February 2012, with a duration of 30 months and a budget of 1,200.000 Euro (EU funds: 83.3% and CoE funds: 16.7%). The Project’s overall objective is to contribute to the democracy and the rule of law through the prevention and control of corruption; money laundering; and the financing of terrorism in Kosovo*. The Project’s purpose is to strengthen institutional capacities to counter corruption; money laundering; and the financing of terrorism in Kosovo* in accordance with European standards through assessments and recommendations for improving and streamlining reforms to combat economic crime. The Office of Good Governance (OGG), the Kosovo* Anti-Corruption Agency (KAA), and the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), are the main counterpart institutions for this Project.


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Coming up soon:

PECK Plenary Meeting to adopt the 2nd cycle AC and AML/CFT assessment reports (Pristina, Kosovo, 2-3 December 2014)

The PECK project is organising the Plenary Meeting to discuss and officially adopt the 2nd cycle Assessment Reports on the compliance of Kosovo with international standards in anti-corruption (AC) and anti-money laundering/combating terrorism financing (AML/CFT) areas. The meeting will be held in Pristina on 2-3 December and will bring together relevant beneficiary institutions, international experts, representatives of key stakeholders on the part of international organisations and civil society.

Draft Agenda


Follow-up reports on the progress made in the implementation of the 1st cycle recommendations for the anti-corruption (AC) and anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) components

At the end of April 2014, the PECK Project finalised and submitted to the Kosovo authorities Follow-up reports assessing progress made in the implementation of the 1st cycle assessment recommendations for both AC and AML/CFT components. The reports cover the period from 10 June 2013 (official adoption of the assessment reports) to 14 February 2014 and are available in English, Albanian and Serbian languages. In addition, the Project has disseminated the reports to all relevant stakeholders, including international organisations and civil society, and urged the Kosovo authorities to publish them on their respective websites as well.

The Follow-up reports were prepared based on the information collected by the Project from relevant beneficiary institutions and open sources. The first drafts were discussed with the representatives of beneficiary institutions at the interagency workshop held in Pristina on 3-4 December 2013. In addition, the authorities had the opportunity to comment and provide additional information in writing until mid-February 2014. The reports concluded that despite some positive developments the progress made so far is rather slow and limited. In view of this, the Kosovo authorities are strongly urged to make vigorous and sustainable efforts in order to implement the pending PECK recommendations and thus improve compliance with international standards in AC and AML/CFT fields. This would require strong political commitment in addition to co-ordinated, prioritised and effective measures that need to be taken without any further delay.

The implementation of the pending recommendations will be re-assessed by the PECK Project in the 2nd assessment cycle at the end of which final assessment reports on compliance with international standards will be drawn up.


Activities in the past:

Face-to-face meeting with Kosovo authorities on assessment reports (Strasbourg, France, 3-4 November 2014)

On 3-4 November 2014, the PECK Project assessment team met with the representatives of Kosovo beneficiary institutions and discussed draft final assessment reports on Kosovo’s compliance with international standards in anti-corruption and anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism areas. The meeting identified issues for the Plenary discussion of the reports scheduled to take place in Pristina on 2-3 December 2014. In addition, participants had the opportunity to better familiarise themselves with the work and functioning of GRECO, Moneyval and CEPEJ through presentations delivered by relevant Council of Europe secretariat members.

Draft Agenda
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International conference on enhancing cooperation in the anti-corruption field (Pristina, 28 October 2014)

On 28 October 2014, the PECK Project organised international conference on enhancing cooperation in anti-corruption area with a particular focus on some specific AC measures and tools aimed at effectively fighting and preventing corruption. The conference brought together about 50 representatives of anti-corruption bodies, prosecution and law enforcement authorities of Kosovo and their foreign counterparts from neighbouring and EU member countries with the aim to exchange practical experience and good practice on investigating and prosecuting high-level/international corruption cases, implementing standards and management of conflicts of interest and asset declarations, as well as risk assessment tools. Representatives from Albania, Austria, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” shared their experience and presented practical case studies followed by fruitful discussions.

Agenda
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Opening remarks, A. Forde, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Pristina, a.i.
Presentations:
Ms Helena Papa, Director of Cabinet HIDAACI- ALBANIA;
Mr Giedrius Būdvytis, Corruption prevention Department Anti-corruption assessment Division;
Ms Arita Zvejniece,  Senior Officer Corruption Prevention Division;
Ms Matjaž Mešnjak,  Adviser, Commission for the Prevention of Corruption of Slovenia;
Ms Teute Krasniqi, Federal Bureau of Anti-corruption (BAK);
Overview of the Federal Bureau of AC;
Joint Investigation Teams;
Federal Bureau of anti-corruption;
Ms Ksenija Krizman, Deputy Director of USKOK


Conference on international cooperation in AML/CFT field (Pristina, 23 September 2014)

On 23 September 2014, the PECK Project organised the international conference on enhancing international cooperation in AML/CFT field. The conference brought together about 50 representatives of FIUs, prosecution and law enforcement authorities of Kosovo and their foreign counterparts from EU member states and neighbouring countries with the aim to exchange experience, good practices and peer advice on international cooperation and mutual legal assistance in fighting and preventing money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Representatives from Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro and the United Kingdom shared their experience and presented practical case studies followed by discussions. The main discussions and conclusions of the conference have been summarised in a short report and disseminated to participants together with the experts’ presentations. This event contributed to establishing and/or strengthening contacts and fostering cooperation between the Kosovo authorities and their foreign counterparts.

Agenda
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Conclusion remarks
Presentations:
Mr Agim MUSLIA, Deputy Director General of FIU Albania
Ms Kristina BACOVIC, Deputy Director of FIU Montenegro
Mr Jochen RÖTH, Detective Chief inspector, FIU Germany
Mr Iliya Pulov, International Operational Cooperation Directorate (IOCD), Ministry of Interior BULGARIA
Mr Sergio CARBONE
, Guardia di Finanza of Italy
Ms Sani LJUBIČIĆ, Deputy Director, Office for Suppression of Corruption and Organised Crime, State Attorney's Office of Croatia
Mr Lajos KORONA, Public Prosecutor, Prosecutor General’s Office of Hungary
Mr Arber GEGAJ, Director, Department for International Legal
Mr Ahmet GERBESHI, Kosovo* Police


Study visit to Italy (Rome, 14-16 July 2014)

The PECK Project organized a three-day study visit to Rome, Italy, for a delegation of nine members of: the Kosovo* Anti-corruption Agency; Kosovo* Judicial Council; Ministry of Justice; Special Prosecutor’s Office; Kosovo* Prosecutorial Council; and Kosovo* Police.
The main objective of the activity was to promote cooperation in the anti-corruption field between relevant agencies and enable participants to exchange experiences concerning legal, institutional and implementing aspects of the anti-corruption framework as seen as well from the Italian perspective.
The study visit involved meeting sessions with the Italian National Anti-Corruption Authority for Evaluation and Transparency of Public Administration (A.N.A.C.); Ministry of Justice; State Prosecutor’s Office; State Police (Central Directorate of Criminal Police; Central Anti-crime Directorate and National Anti-mafia Investigation Bureau); Arma dei Carabinieri and Garda de Finanza; who presented the activities and experience of their respective institutions in effectively fighting and preventing corruption.
The study visit was praised by the participants as a very useful opportunity to get first-hand information and examples from practice in preventing and fighting corruption and served for establishing and strengthening the already established contacts between institutions for any future mutual cooperation.

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Technical experts’ meeting of PECK AC Assessment Team to discuss the draft AC final assessment report
(Strasbourg, France, 7 July 2014)

PECK AC Assessment Team discussed the 1st draft version of final assessment report for the AC component during the technical experts’ meeting held in Strasbourg on 7 July 2014. In parallel the AML/CFT Assessment Team is finalising the 1st draft version of the final assessment report for the AML/CFT component. Both reports will be translated into Albanian and submitted to Kosovo authorities for comments at the beginning of September.

Agenda


On-site visit of the PECK Assessment Team to Kosovo* (Pristina, 14-18 April 2014)

The second on-site visit to assess the anti-corruption (AC) and anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) frameworks took place in Pristina from 14 to 18 April 2014. The purpose of the visit was to verify and cross-examine replies provided to the AML/CFT 2nd cycle Questionnaire, and to collect additional information on the implementation of the 1st cycle recommendations for both AC and AML/CFT components. To this end, the Assessment Team met with a wide range of authorities, as well as representatives of international organisations and civil society. The information gathered during the on-site visit will help the Assessment Team to make a qualified and balanced judgment on the compliance of legal and institutional frameworks with international AC and AML/CFT standards, and together with the replies to the Questionnaire and additional information provided after the on-site visit, will serve as a basis for drafting Final Assessment Reports on Kosovo*.


Workshop on data collection, maintenance and reporting of statistics for assessment purposes
(Pristina, 26-27 February 2014)

One of the deficiencies identified during the 1st assessment cycle was lack of statistics and/or lack of harmonisation of available statistics on economic crime between reporting institutions. In view of this, a second workshop on best practices and lessons learned by the Kosovo* authorities from the participation in the assessment process focused on data collection, maintenance and reporting of statistics for assessment purposes. About 50 representatives of all relevant institutions, including 7 basic courts and prosecution offices in Kosovo, participated in the workshop and provided information on the current state of play with regard to statistics in their respective institutions. Two Council of Europe experts presented good practices of crime record keeping (including methodology, legal basis and quality assurance) and production of reliable, interactive and integrated statistics for tracking and tracing economic crime cases based on the experience and practice in the UK and Netherlands.

Agenda English / Albanian
Presentation of Mr Edmond Dunga, PECK Advisor, Council of Europe
Presentation of Mr Steve Bond, Council of Europe Expert
Presentation of Mr Petrus V. Duyne, Council of Europe Expert
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Activities in the past:
2013
2012

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  PROJECT DOCUMENTATION
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Project Summary
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Description of Action (DoA)
Workplan
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Workplan (Extension)
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Assessment Schedule (Cycle I)
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Assessment Schedule (Cycle II)
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Inception Report
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Progress Reports
Technical Papers

ASSESSMENTS

Terms of Reference on the
  Assessment procedure
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Cycle I:
Assessment Report (AC)
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Assessment Report
   (AML/CFT)
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Follow-up:
Follow-up report (AC)
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Compliance Matrix (AC)
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Follow-up report (AML)
  English/Albanian/Serbian

External links to PECK reports

QUESTIONNAIRES

Cycle I:
Questionnaire (AC)
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Summary of Questionnaire (AC)
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Questionnaire (AML/CFT)
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Summary of Questionnaire
  (AML/CFT)
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Cycle II:
Questionnaire (AML/CFT)
  English/Albanian/Serbian

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Activities

2013
2012

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