Regional Training (2.5): “Political party and electoral campaign financing”
(Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, 18-19 June 2013)
On 18-19 June 2013, the Project organised a two-day interactive Regional Training on “Political party and electoral campaign financing” in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. It focused on strengthening capacities of 27 representatives of structures/institutions responsible for oversight and auditing of political party and electoral campaign financing in the six Eastern Partnership countries. The participants looked at red flags and patterns of illegal cash-flow to and from political parties and campaigns, and at possible leads to uncover the illicit financing from the perspective of a financial analyst or investigator. It was a combination of presentations, classroom discussions and group work on practical exercises. The Project will finalise a comprehensive training manual in English and Russian (including the practical cases) which was piloted during the training to allow the participants to reinforce their newly acquired skills and to support further vocational trainings in their respective countries.
of Ms Natalia Iuras, Council of Europe expert
of Ms Inga Soloveja, Council of Europe expert:
Presentation on KNAB
Presentions of 3 real life cases from Latvia:
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Regional Conference (1.5): “Presentation of risk assessment: Typologies of underlying causes of corruption” and 3rd Project Steering Committee meeting
(Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, 11 April 2013)
On 11 April 2013, the Project organised the 2nd Regional Conference “Presentation of risk assessment: Typologies of underlying causes of corruption” in Chisinau and brought together about 60 representatives of government institutions responsible for anti-corruption policy advice and prevention of the six Eastern Partnership countries, as well as from civil society and international organisations. The aim of this activity was to present, analyse and discuss the results of the risk assessments carried out by the Project in the framework of the regional risk assessment exercise (Activity 1.4) in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine in specific sectors, as well as future risk assessments in Belarus and Georgia. Comprehensive and active discussions allowed for a cross-regional exchange on the risk assessments, thus putting their results at use beyond each country.
Furthermore, the Project presented the first draft of a regional Typology Study on underlying institutional causes of corruption prepared on the basis of the results and findings of the above-mentioned four country risk assessments and workshop on methodology (Strasbourg, 19 June 2012). This Study will be updated in light of the results of future risk assessments scheduled to take place in Georgia and Belarus in July and October 2013 respectively, as well as the status of implementation of the recommendations from the other four country risk assessments, and will be presented at the Final Closing Conference on the Project.
The Conference was followed by the 3rd Project Steering Committee meeting which reviewed the progress of project implementation and the planning of next activities.
speech of Mr Chetraru
of Republic of Moldova
Regional activity (2.1): Analysis and typologies on laundering
the proceeds of corruption in transition economies – country
(Kyiv, Ukraine, 27 March 2013)
On 27 March 2013, the Project held meetings with the representatives of the State Financial Monitoring Service and the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine in the framework of the Regional activity (2.1) “Analysis and typologies on laundering the proceeds of corruption in transition economises” aimed at researching and identifying typical patterns of laundering the proceeds of corruption in the Eastern Partnership region and preparing a regional typology study on this subject. The purpose of the country visit was to discuss and get more detailed information on cases, trends and techniques of laundering corruption proceeds in Ukraine. The results of the meetings and provided information (on anonymous basis) will be incorporated in the regional typology study to be finalised and presented to a wider public at the Regional Conference (Activity 2.2).
Pilot Activities in Armenia (3.1): Manual for the Ethics Commission for High-Ranking Officials of Armenia on processing and verifying financial declarations; Workshop on good practices of verifying financial declarations
(Yerevan, Armenia, 20 March 2013)
The aim of these pilot activities is to assist the newly established Ethics Commission for High-Ranking Officials of Armenia with establishing a verification procedure of income and asset declarations of public officials in line with international standards. To this end, the Project has drafted a Manual on processing and verifying financial declarations which includes all aspects of implementing the declarations system, such as standard procedures for analysing declarations, red flags, cooperation with other institutions, implementing sanctions, etc. It is aimed to serve as a guideline for the future work of the Ethics Commission. Furthermore, on 20 March 2013, the Project organised a capacity-building Workshop on good practices of verifying financial declarations aimed at presenting and discussing with Ethics Commissioners the methodology and good practices of verifying financial declarations. The participants also reviewed the first draft of the Manual and to allow for its ensuing finalisation.
Pilot Activity in Ukraine (3.6): Roundtable on liability of legal persons (Kyiv, Ukraine, 5 March 2013)
For several years Ukraine has been trying to introduce liability of legal persons. On 5 March 2013, the Project organised a Roundtable in co-operation with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine aimed at raising awareness among Ukrainian lawmakers and other relevant stakeholders of the normative and financial benefits of liability of legal persons and thus facilitating adoption of the draft law by the Verkhovna Rada.
The Roundtable brought together over 40 participants from various government institutions, as well as representatives of civil society and academia. The participants had the opportunity to discuss the draft law on liability of legal persons and provide their comments and suggestions for its further improvement.