Action against economic crime

PACA-Albania: MAIN ACTIVITIES  2009 - 2010


Conference on Anti-corruption Reforms in Albania
(Tirana, Albania, 22 November 2010)

Implementation of the anti-corruption policy and strategy in Albania and other topical issues will be addressed at a high-level conference on ‘Anti-corruption Reforms in Albania’ next Monday, 22 November 2010. Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, Mr Sali Berisha, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Ms Maud De Boer-Buquicchio, and Chargé d’Affaires with the European Union Delegation to Albania Mr Luigi Brusa will speak at the conference along with other ministers, representatives of independent institutions and civil society. The event will be held at the Hotel Tirana International from 16h00 to 19h30.

Agenda: English
Media Advisory: English
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Project 3rd Steering Committee meeting
(Tirana, Albania, 8 September 2010)

Following its first year of implementation, the PACA project will hold its third Steering Committee Meeting on 8 September 2010. The Project stands at an important crossroads as risk analyses of five sectors are set to begin, assistance to the prevention of corruption in the education sector gets fully underway and PACA assistance to Albania's Anti-corruption Strategy is expected to culminate in a further improved Action Plan for 2011 and standardised reporting on implementation for 2010. The PACA Team will also summarise project achievements in the first 12 months.The meeting will bring together the representative of partners institutions, Delegation of the European Union to Albania and the Council of Europe.

Agenda: English


Study visit for Joint Investigative Units (Vienna, Austria, 20-23 July 2010)

PACA organised a study visit of 12 Albanian prosecutors, police officers, tax and customs’ officers as well as FIU officials to Austrian Ministry of Interior. The study visit was supposed to precede the release of the Manual on the Investigation of Economic Crime and touched upon the main themes of the manual such as the methods of proof deployed in the investigation of economic crime, the use of special investigative techniques in the investigation of economic crime, the use of witnesses and informants in the prosecution of economic crime and inter agency cooperation in the prosecution of economic crime.

Agenda: English


Conference on “Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing as a Precondition to Albania’s Progress towards European Integration”
(Tirana, Albania, 27-28 April 2010)

The objective of this event was to bring together the actors and obliged entities under the Law on Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing and discuss possible further steps to improve the law and its implementation.

Agenda: English / Albanian


Workshop on consistency and functionality of anti-money laundering and anti-organized crime legislation (Durres, Albania, 31 March 2010)

On 17 March PACA released two technical papers, respectively on the Compatibility of Albanian Law on the Forfeiture of Crime Proceeds with International Standards and The Applicability of the Penal Code Provisions on Criminal Forfeiture and the Anti-Mafia Law Provisions on Civil Forfeiture with regard to Offences of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism. On 17 March PACA released two technical papers, respectively on the Compatibility of Albanian Law on the Forfeiture of Crime Proceeds with International Standards and The Applicability of the Penal Code Provisions on Criminal Forfeiture and the Anti-Mafia Law Provisions on Civil Forfeiture with regard to Offences of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism. Following the release of the two technical papers, on 31 March, PACA a roundtable in Durres attended by the Joint Investigative Units (a multi disciplinarygroup of prosecutors and public officials from other law enforcement agencies entrusted with the investigation of economic crime), prosecutors from the Serious Crimes Prosecution Office and the Albanian Financial Unit. The event was organized jointly with OPDAT (Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training Program of the US Government).

Agenda: English


Ethics trainings on local level (Albania, April 2010)

During March PACA has helped improve the training module used by the Albanian Training Institute of Public Administration. Following the revision of the module, in cooperation with the Training Institute of Public Administration and the USAID’s Rule of Law Project, during April PACA held 5 trainings with local government officials on ethics and the implementation of the Law on Conflict of Interest. Namely the trainings took place on April 5-6, 2010 in Elbasan, April 8-9, 2010 in Durres, April 12-13, 2010 in Shkoder, April 15-16, 2010 in Fier, and April 20-21, 2010 in Korce.


Project Steering Committee meeting (Tirana, Albania, 10 March 2010)

The PACA Project Steering Committee meeting discussed the implementation of the PACA project during its first six months (from 1 September 2009) and how to move forward on implementation of certain specific project activities, notably the selection of institutions for corruption risk analyses. The meeting took place in the building of the Council of Ministers of Albania.

Agenda: English / Albanian


Implementation Phase (starting on 1st December 2009)

As the Inception Phase had ended, project’s start-up event took place in Tirana International Hotel with the participation of all PACA stakeholders. The event’s aim was to review the draft workplan and calendar of activities and adopt their final versions.

Agenda: English / Albanian


INCEPTION PHASE (1 September–30 November 2009)

Tirana, Albania, 18-23 October 2009

A team mission took place in order to discuss the project and its Workplan in particular with the main counterpart (DIACA).  The team composed of CoE Secretariat members and PACA Team to be deployed in Tirana, carried out the start-up technical workshops with the project beneficiaries aimed at initiating the design of the workplan of activities in line with the project’s logframe.

Strasbourg, France, 5-9 October 2009

Initial meetings took place in Strasbourg between the PACA team representatives and the main project counterpart (DIACA representatives) to discuss initial planning of start-up activities with the main beneficiary institutions.

Strasbourg, France, September-October 2009

The recruitment procedures foreseen for PACA team took place as planned. As a result the following team members were recruited and now contracted to commence work as of 1 December 2009: one Team Leader (Consultant); one Long -term Adviser (Consultants); one Local Project Officer (Secretariat).

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