Action against economic crime

corruptionThe Council of Europe is pursuing a comprehensive approach against corruption (AC) and money laundering (AML) by setting standards in the form of conventions and "soft law" instruments (recommendations and resolutions), and by monitoring their compliance with Council of Europe and global standards through its monitoring mechanisms: the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) and the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL). This approach is often supported through the implementation of technical assistance and co-operation projects or/and programmes.

The Organisation has a unique expertise in the field of combating corruption, money laundering, terrorist financing and pursuing asset recovery through its multidisciplinary approach, which consists of three interrelated elements: the setting of European norms and standards, monitoring of compliance with the standards and capacity building/technical advice offered to individual countries and regions, through its co-operation activities.


The Council of Europe’ legal framework against corruption and money laundering covers the following legal instruments:

CoE Anti-corruption Instruments:

Criminal Law Convention on Corruption (ETS 173)

Civil Law Convention on Corruption (ETS 174)

Additional Protocol to the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption (ETS 191)

Resolution (97) 24 Concerning Twenty Guiding Principles on the fight against  Corruption

Rec(2000)10E 11 May 2000 on Codes of Conduct for Public Officials

Rec(2003)4 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on Common Rules against Corruption in the Funding of Political parties and electoral campaigns

Rec(2014)7 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the protection of whistleblowers

CoE Anti-money Laundering Instruments:

Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime [CETS 141]

Council of Europe Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism [CETS 198]

Recommendation on measures against the transfer and safekeeping of funds of criminal origin [Recommendation No R (80) 10].


Group of States against Corruption  (GRECO)

Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL).


In using its triangular approach (standard-setting, monitoring, and technical assistance), the Council of Europe provides support, assistance and co operation in reforms concerning economic crime, corruption and money laundering in many of its members States (some emerging from the former-communist block and some from post conflict areas). Thus the results and lessons learned have enriched Council of Europe expertise and equipped us with sustainable “know how”, tools and efficient networking facilities to support important reforms in the newly emerged democracies. Those countries today, have successfully managed to join the European family as Council of Europe member States and contribute on an equal footing to its work.

The added value of Council of Europe presence and partnership in member and non-member States can be found in many aspects of our work but especially on what the Council can offer, in technical assistance and co-operation: allowing access to experience and knowledge in mainstreaming the European acquis; sharing tools that can be used when implementing international standards given its unique ability to use its monitoring mechanisms; coordinating, supporting and hosting professional networks which promote better international co-operation in criminal matters (European Union/Council of Europe member States and other countries). Those networks and exchange of good practices (in implementing and monitoring international and European standards) have served as capacity building promoters and created strong links among homologue practitioners, professionals and government structures that share common goals and objectives when tackling economic and organised crime and its trans-frontier effects. Furthermore the global co-operation on technical matters concerning the fight against economic crime, corruption, and money-laundering is a key element when aiming at the objective in outreaching European values and reinforcing and supporting European neighbourhood policies.
The Council of Europe has supported countries in the implementation of European and international anti-corruption and anti-money laundering standards through technical co-operation and assistance programmes for more than a decade. They are funded from the budget of the Council of Europe but to a large extent also by contributions by countries and organisations such as the European Union, Norway Grants, Sweden, Netherlands, Switzerland, and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).


PCF-Ukraine: Strategic management advice to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau
(Kyiv, Ukraine, 19-20 November 2015)

PCF-Azerbaijan: Workshop on investigation and prosecution of legal entities and asset recovery
(Baku, Azerbaijan, 19-20 November 2015)

PCF-Ukraine: Landmark anti-corruption conference takes place in Ukraine
(Kyiv, Ukraine, 16 November 2015)

PCF-Georgia: Georgian law enforcement officers examine corporate criminal liability
(Tbilisi, Georgia, 16-17 November 2015)

PACS-Serbia: Risk assessment of Serbian border police
(Belgrade, Serbia, 9-13 November 2015)

PACS-Serbia: Training on financial investigation
(Arandjelovac, Serbia, 28-30 October 2015)

PCF-Georgia: National Risk Assessment Workshop
(Tbilisi, Georgia, 20-21 October 2015)

PCF-Regional: Regional Conference on International Cooperation in Case Investigations
(Istanbul, Turkey, 19-20 October 2015)

SNAC 2 - Morocco: Training of trainers on basic anti-corruption concepts
(Rabat, Morocco, 19-20 October 2015)

PCF-Regional: Regional Workshop on conflict of interest in Istanbul
(Istanbul, Turkey, 15-16 October 2015)

ACAMOL-CZ: Workshop on money laundering and the seizure of proceeds of crime
(Kašperské Hory, Czech Republic, 14-16 October 2015)

International conference: International Conference on fighting economic crime
(Prague, Czech Republic, 20-21 October 2015)

Russian Federation: Training on "Basic anti-corruption and anti-money laundering concepts" at MGIMO
(Moscow, Russian Federation, 26-30 October 2015)

SNAC 2 - Jordan: Bulding capacities on whistleblower protection
(Amman, Jordan, 12-14 October 2015)

PACS-Serbia: Judicial Academy students discuss ethics
(Novi Sad and Belgrade, Serbia, 8-9 & 22-23 October 2015)

SNAC 2 - Jordan: Enhancing IT capacities to fight economic crime
(Amman, Jordan, 6-7 October 2015)

PCF-Georgia: International Conference on Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
(Tbilisi, Georgia, 25 September 2015)

PCF-AZ: Ethics Workshop
(Baku, Azerbaijan, 22-23 September 2015)

PCF-Tunisia: Bill on the new constitutional anti-corruption authority of Tunisia is finalized
(Tunis, Tunisia, 21-22 September 2015)

PACS-Serbia: Risk Analysis: international experts visit Belgrade
(Belgrade, Serbia, 23-24 September 2015 )

PRECOP: Seminar on “Corruption risks, protection mechanisms and good governance for business”
(Irkutsk, Russian Federation, 17 September 2015)

PRECOP: Workshop on “International and Russian practices and principles for pro bono work”
(Irkutsk, Russian Federation, 16 September 2015)

PCF-Ukraine: Ukrainian officials discuss standards and good practices regarding political party financing with CoE and OSCE/ODIHR experts
(Kyiv, Ukraine, 14 September 2015)

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