in the past:
Support to the revision of the AML/CFT Law
PECK Project is assisting Kosovo authorities with comprehensive revision of the AML/CFT Law in order to improve its compliance with applicable European and international standards. This activity builds on the results and findings of the recent PECK assessment report and will also contribute to the implementation of the outstanding recommendations on the AML/CFT Law. To this end, the PECK Project engaged two international Council of Europe experts who will advise and assist a Working Group to be set up in near future with the revision of the AML/CFT law. On 11-12 December 2014, the experts held first bilateral meetings with key counterparts, including the Financial Intelligence Unit, Central Bank of Kosovo, EUO, civil society and industry representatives. A Technical Meeting with members of a future Working Group was also held with the aim to discuss the deficiencies identified in PECK assessment reports, other domestic and international documents, and through the consultation process launched by the FIU in November 2014. It was agreed that the first draft amendments to the AML/CFT law will be prepared and submitted to the Working Group and CoE experts for review and comments by mid-January 2015. The second onsite visit of the CoE experts to review and discuss the consolidated draft amendments and comments of the Working Group is tentatively scheduled for mid-February with the aim to have the final draft ready by the end of March 2015.
PECK Plenary Meeting to adopt the 2nd cycle AC and AML/CFT assessment reports (Pristina, Kosovo, 2-3 December 2014)
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 prepared on the basis of GRECO and FATF/Moneyval methodologies were discussed and officially adopted at the Plenary meeting held in Pristina on 2-3 December 2014. About 65 representatives of relevant beneficiary institutions, international experts, representatives of key stakeholders on the part of international organisations, private sector and civil society attended the meeting and participated in fruitful discussions. The adoption of the Assessment Reports marks the completion of the assessment exercise carried out by the Project in two cycles in the period of September 2012 to December 2014.
The reports are currently being finalised in light of the comments and changes agreed during the Plenary meeting, and will be proofread in English and Albanian, and translated into Serbian. The finalised Assessment Reports in English, Albanian and Serbian will be submitted to the Kosovo authorities and published on the Project website in February 2015. The beneficiary institutions will be requested to publish the reports on their respective websites as well. In addition, the Assessment Reports will be presented and widely disseminated to all relevant stakeholders, including representatives of international organisations, private sector and civil society at the High-level visibility event planned to take place in Pristina in March 2015 in conjunction with the Project Closing Conference.
notes of Mr A. Forde,
Head of the Council of Europe Office in Pristina, a.i.
Mr Edmond Dunga, PECK Advisor,
Council of Europe;
Mr F. Denker, Council of Europe
Mr D. Galicic, Council of Europe
Mr JC Geiser, Council of Europe
Mr H. LaFerla, Council of Europe
F. Cottalorda, Council of Europe
Law enforcement and
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.
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.
remarks, A. Forde, Head of the
Council of Europe Office in
Ms Helena Papa, Director of Cabinet
Mr Giedrius Būdvytis,
Corruption prevention Department
Anti-corruption assessment Division;
Ms Arita Zvejniece,
Corruption Prevention Division;
Ms Matjaž Mešnjak,
Adviser, Commission for the
Prevention of Corruption of
Ms Teute Krasniqi,
Federal Bureau of Anti-corruption (BAK);
Overview of the Federal Bureau of
Joint Investigation Teams;
Ms Ksenija Krizman, Deputy Director of
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.
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
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
Mr Lajos KORONA, Public
Prosecutor, Prosecutor General’s
Office of Hungary
Mr Arber GEGAJ, Director,
Department for International
Mr Ahmet GERBESHI, Kosovo*
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.
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.
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.
of Mr Edmond Dunga, PECK
Advisor, Council of Europe
of Mr Steve Bond, Council of Europe Expert
of Mr Petrus V. Duyne, Council of Europe Expert
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