The Council of Europe is pursuin

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).


SNAC 2 - Jordan: Promoting anti-corruption standards and good practices in the Jordanian private sector
(Amman, Jordan, 6 October 2016)

SNAC 2 - Jordan: Workshop on corruption-proofing models : eliminating corruption risks in the drafting of legislation
(Amman, Jordan, 5 October 2016)

SNAC 2 - Morocco: Ensuring transparency and enhancing control mechanisms in the financing of electoral campaigns
(Rabat, Morocco, 26 September 2016)

International Conferences : International seminar: “Facing new challenges in combating terrorist financing”
(Prague, Czech Republic, 19-20 September 2016)

PECK 2: Meeting of the Working Group on reviewing the Law on Prevention of Conflict of Interest
(Pristina, Kosovo, 13-14 September 2016)

PECK 2: Scoping mission to review regulatory, institutional and operational framework and mechanisms of the Kosovo Anti-Corruption Agency (Pristina, Kosovo, 13-14 September 2016)

PCF-Georgia: Georgian prosecutors and investigators discuss corporate criminal liability (Tbilisi, Georgia, 8-9 September 2016)

International Conferences : Workshop on the Council of Europe AML/CFT National Risk Assessment Methodology
(Strasbourg, France, 1 - 2 September 2016)

PCF-Regional: EaP practitioners consider integrity testing rules
(Tbilisi, Georgia, 23 - 24 June 2016)

HORIZONTAL FACILITY: Workshop on the Council of Europe AML/CFT National Risk Assessment Methodology
(Strasbourg, France, 1 - 2 September 2016)

PECK 2: Scoping visit on “Whistleblowing Mechanisms”
(Pristina, Kosovo, 22-23 June 2016)

PCF-Georgia: AML/CFT Authorities discuss international standards and good practices (Tbilisi, Georgia, 16 – 17 June 2016)

PCF-Azerbaijan: Seminar on transparency in political party financing
(Baku, Azerbaijan, 7 June 2016)

PCF-Georgia: Workshop for the AML/CFT Inter-Agency Council of Georgia (Tbilisi, Georgia, 6 June 2016)

PECK 2: PECK II Launching Conference
(Pristina, Kosovo*, 26 May 2016)

PCF-Regional: International risk management strategies discussed in Baku (Baku, Azerbaijan, 24 - 25 May 2016)

SNAC2-REG: Regional training on administrative anti-corruption inquiries
(Strasbourg, France, 17-20 May 2016)

PCF-Belarus: Training on corporate criminal liability for Belarusian prosecutors and investigators (Minsk, Belarus, 17-18 May 2016)

PCF-Azerbaijan: Training on Plea Bargaining and Non-Prosecution Agreements
(Baku, Azerbaijan, 17 May 2016)

PCF-Azerbaijan: Anti-Money Laundering Training
(Baku, Azerbaijan, 16 May 2016)

PECK 2: 1st Steering Committee meeting
(Pristina, Kosovo, 4 May 2016)

PCF-Regional: Discussion on Model Legislation on Liability of Legal Entities for EaP countries (Kyiv, Ukraine, 28 – 29 April 2016)

AR-BG: Workshop on “International standards and implementation of asset recovery legislation” (Sofia, Bulgaria, 26-27 April 2016)

PCF-Regional: Practitioners discuss good tactics in economic crime investigations (Kyiv, Ukraine, 25 – 27 April 2016)

AR-BG: Presentation of the results of the “Assessment of the Asset Recovery institutional and legal framework in Bulgaria”
(Sofia, Bulgaria, 25 April, 2016)

ACAMOL-CZ: Conference on “Corruption risks in the financing of political parties and election campaigns”.
(Prague, Czech Republic 11-12 April 2016)

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Training on "Basic anti-corruption and anti-money laundering concepts" 
(Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 5-8 April 2016)

PCF-Georgia: Training for the Georgian Insurance Sector
(Tbilisi, Georgia, 31 March-01 April 2016)

PCF-Ukraine: Preparation of new rules of ethical conduct for civil servants and local government officials (Kyiv, Ukraine, 22 March 2016)

PCF-Azerbaijan: Public Discussion on draft Anti-Corruption Action Plan
(Baku, Azerbaijan, 14 March 2016)

ACAMOL-CZ: Conference “Challenges in the area of asset recovery”
(Prague, Czech Republic, 9-10 March 2016)

PCF-Georgia: Judges discuss international and national practice on combating money laundering and terrorist financing
(Tbilisi, Georgia, 18-19 February 2016)

PCF-Ukraine: Civic involvement in fight against corruption
(Kyiv, Ukraine, 11 February 2016)

PCF-Ukraine: NABU detectives and analysts enhance their international cooperation skills
(Kyiv, Ukraine, 2-5 February 2016)

ACAMOL-CZ: Workshop on “Methodologies for the implementation of liability of legal persons”
(Prague, Czech Republic, 26 January 2016)

PCF-Ukraine: NABU Detectives learn best practices on investigating high-level corruption crimes (Kyiv, Ukraine, 25 January 2016)

SNAC 2 - Morocco: Workshop on the development of a methodology for corruption proofing of legislation
(Rabat, Morocco, 21 January 2016)

SNAC 2 - Morocco: Workshop on the protection of whistleblowers
(Rabat, Morocco, 20 January 2016)

Activities in the past:




Consultancy services in the field of the  fight against corruption (AC)
Consultancy services in the field of the  fight against economic crime, money laundering and financing of terrorism


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  PCF Ukraine
PRECOP- Russian Federation
SNAC 2-South Neighbourhood Programme
  SNAC 2 - Jordan
  SNAC 2 - Morocco
  SNAC 2 - Tunisia
  SNAC 2 - Regional


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