Action against economic crime


EaP: Main activities 2011

Regional Workshop on "Implementing and monitoring anti-corruption policies, including education and public awareness"
(Warsaw, Poland, 15-16 December 2011)

A two-day regional workshop on mechanisms to strengthen implementation and monitoring of anti-corruption policies including education and public awareness, took place in Warsaw on 15-16 December 2011 and was a follow-up to the workshop on designing anti-corruption policies held in Strasbourg on 3-4 November 2011. It was attended by 27 national experts mostly from government units responsible for policy design and advice in six Eastern Partnership countries, as well as representatives of civil society. The workshop compared practices in Eastern Partnership countries and Poland, and allowed for an exchange of good practices of coordinating and monitoring the implementation of anti-corruption measures and of raising public awareness on corruption. The Polish authorities (Commissioner for Anticorruption Procedures to the Minister of Foreign Affairs; Central Anticorruption Bureau; Criminal Bureau – Combating Corruption Division – Polish National Police) and one Polish NGO (Batory Foundation) greatly contributed to the success of the workshop by sharing their experience in panel discussions. In addition, an information exchange session on practicalities and operations took place and was hosted by the Central Anticorruption Bureau (CBA - ). The results of both workshops in the format of a “Guidebook on Designing and Implementing Anti-corruption Policies” will be presented, reviewed and finalised at the Regional Conference on the subject matter which is planned to take place in Kyiv on 29 March 2012.

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Regional Workshop on "Improving the designing of anti-corruption policies" (Strasbourg, France, 3-4 November 2011)

A regional workshop on tools and guidelines in designing anti-corruption strategies and action plans with the participation of 23 national experts, mostly from policy design and advice government units, took place in Strasbourg  during  3-4 November 2011. The workshop  compared practices in Eastern Partnership and other countries, and  focused on an exchange of good practices, especially on needs assessments, setting indicators, and civil society involvement. A follow-up workshop on good practices in implementing anti-corruption policies will be held in Warsaw at a later date. The results of both workshops will be presented, reviewed and documented by a regional conference in Kyiv in 2012.

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Pilot Activity in the Republic of Moldova - Round Table on “Political Finance in Moldova”
(Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, 1 November 2011)

A Round-table on “Political Finance in the Republic of Moldova” took place in Chisinau on 1 November 2011, at the Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption (CCCEC). The Round-table reviewed existing legislation and practices, and  discussed possible ways of bringing Moldovan party financing in line with European standards, particularly recommendations issued on 1 April 2011 by Council of Europe’s “Group of States against Corruption (GRECO)”.  Representatives from state institutions, civil society and international organisations, as well as experts on the subject matter were invited to the Round-table. The findings of the Round-table are used to draft amendments and recommendations that will be presented and reviewed at a second Round Table in beginning of 2012. It is the aim of the two Round-tables to allow for legislative amendments to pass Parliament until 31 October 2012, the date up to which GRECO has invited the Moldovan authorities to submit a report on implementation of the recommendations. This series of Round-tables and expertise is one of the two Pilot Activities by this Project tailored to the specific needs of the Republic of Moldova.

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Pilot Activity in the Republic of Moldova -Working group session on local anti-corruption strategies
(Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, 31 October 2011)

The working group consisting of experts at the Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption (CCCEC) and the Long Term Advisor of the Project met on 31 October 2011 at the CCCEC in order to identify a methodology, by which local communities will develop anti-corruption strategies in coordination with the CCCEC.  A mechanism of monitoring implementation of the future strategies has also been drafted by the working group. In a second step, one or two local communities are chosen to test the methodology in the framework of the Project. It was the aim that the CCCEC can later on continue in on its own in assisting local communities with developing anti-corruption strategies. The development of local anti-corruption strategies is one of the two Pilot Activities by this Project tailored to the specific needs of the Republic of Moldova.

In-country Start-up workshop
(Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, 24 June 2011)

An in-country launching event was organised in Chisinau on 24 June 2011 by the Centre for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption (CCCEC), to introduce the Project to the relevant stakeholders and institutions, and to solicit comments and inputs to the Workplan. The launching event was attended by representatives of various state institutions and civil society organizations. The Director of the CCCEC, Viorel Chetraru, opened the conference and gratefully noted previous support of the Council of Europe to the Republic of Moldova during 2005-2009 (Project against corruption, money laundering and financing terrorism in the Republic of Moldova "MOLICO"). The participants presented their views and discussed the envisioned Pilot activities of the Project concerning the reform of political financing and the development of local strategies in the Republic of Moldova.

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Regional Start-up Workshop and EaP Panel meeting
(Tbilisi, Georgia, 20 May 2011)

The activity was a two-fold one: Start-up Conference of the EaP-Corruption component Project and EaP Expert's Panel against Corruption under the Platform I framework. While the regional Panel involved nominative representatives from all member states, the Start-up Conference of the Project involved additional participants including here experts from relevant Georgian institutions and representatives of civil society organisations. Both activities were hosted by the Georgian authorities on 20 May 2011 in Tbilisi and co-chaired by representatives from the European Union Delegation to Georgia. The Deputy Minister of Justice in Georgia, Ms Tina Burjaliani, opened both activities along with the Head of Operations of the EU Delegation to Georgia, Mr Martin Klaucke. The activity provided the forum of reviewing through different presentations the past and present situation of corruption in Georgia and reforms that have started to make a difference such as "e­Procurement". Other EaP-representatives provided comments on recent and on-going reforms and indicated areas where the EaP Project would be able to provide assistance and support. Following a summary on the background, development, and modalities of the Project, the Draft Workplan of Activities was discussed and adopted.

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In-country Start-up Activity
(Tbilisi, Georgia, 19 May 2011)

Back to back with the Start-up Conference on 20 May, the Project Team met at the Ministry of Justice with representatives from several Georgian institutions and from civil society organisations in order to introduce the aim and planned activities of the Project. The meeting was chaired by Ms Rusudan Mikhelidze (Deputy Head of Analytical Department, Secretariat of Anti-corruption Council, Ministry of Justice, Georgia).

In-country Start-up Activity
(Baku, Azerbaijan, 18 May 2011)

The Project Team met with representatives from relevant Azeri institutions and civil society organisations in order to present the modalities of the Project as well as to review the draft Workplan of activities. Mr Inam Karimov (Secretary of the Commission for Combating Corruption, Administration of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan,) opened the event and underlined the importance of the Project contributing to Azerbaijan’s ongoing fight against corruption. The representative of the Economic Crime Department at the General Prosecutor pointed out the recent decision for increasing the staff of the Department from 40 to 100 prosecutors, as well as other measures of improvement.

Fifth Meeting of the Eastern Partnership Platform 1 “Democracy, Good Governance And Stability”
(Brussels, Belgium, 6 May 2011)

Fifth Meeting of the Eastern Partnership Platform 1 “Democracy, Good Governance And Stability” (Brussels, Belgium, 6 May 2011) The Project Team presented the aim and planned activities of the Project at the Platform 1 meeting on 6 May 2011 in Brussels. Four thematic platforms have been set up as forums for dialogue and co-operation between the EU and partner states. The platforms are divided according to the main areas of co-operation within the Eastern Partnership framework. The platforms meet at least twice a year at the level of senior officials. They report to the annual meetings of foreign ministers.

Eastern Partnership Facility Meeting
(Brussels, Belgium, 5 May 2011)

The Steering Committee for the Council of Europe Eastern Partnership Facility met in Brussels on 5 May 2011 at the Council of Europe Brussels Liaison Office. It provided the European Union, the national authorities and the Council of Europe with updated information on progress in projects' implementation. The mission of the Facility Steering Committee is to assess and to guide the Council of Europe Facility's projects' implementation: ensuring that the deliverables meet the requirements which were set for the Facility, advising on decisions on the requirements for the Facility's projects, assessing the monitoring and audit results and supervising a communication campaign following the visibility guidelines concerning, notably, acknowledgement of EU financing