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PECK: Main activities 2012


On-site visit of PECK experts’ teams to Kosovo*
(Pristina, Kosovo*, 26-30 November and 3-6 December 2012)

The on-site visit took place in two phases – 26-30 November and 3-6 December 2012 and included interviews with an extensive range of authorities in Kosovo*. The main purpose of the interviews was to verify and cross-examine the information provided in the AC and AML/CFT questionnaires submitted to the assessment team by Kosovo* authorities, as well as gather additional information in order to make a qualified and balanced judgement on the compliance of Kosovo* legislation and institutions with international AC and AML/CFT standards. Replies to the respective questionnaires, the information gathered in the course of the on-site visit as well as additional information provided subsequently will serve as a basis for the AC and AML/CFT draft assessment reports on Kosovo*.

Agenda 3-6 December 2012
Agenda 26-30 November 2012


1st PECK Steering Committee meeting
(Pristina, Kosovo*, 12 September 2012)

The 1st Steering Committee (SC) Meeting of PECK Project was co-chaired by the European Union Office in Kosovo* and the Council of Europe Office in Pristina. The meeting was attended by the SC permanent members, namely the Kosovo* Anti-Corruption Agency, the Financial intelligence Unit, the Office of Good Governance, the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice. The Central Bank and EULEX participated in the meeting as observers. The Steering Committee adopted the Inception Report and Workplan for the PECK Project, the Terms of Reference on the assessment process, as well as the Schedule for the 1st assessment cycle for both components – anti-corruption and anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism.

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Explanatory meetings on Assessment Questionnaires
(Pristina, Kosovo*, 10-13 July 2012)

Within the framework of the EU/CoE funded Project Against Economic Crime (PECK), a series of Explanatory Meetings were held from 10-12 July, 2012 between the Project team, international experts and Kosovo* authorities. The aim of these meetings was to present the substantive aspects of the anti-corruption (AC) and anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) questionnaires to be used in the assessment of Kosovo on compliance with the relevant international standards based on the MONEYVAL and GRECO methodologies. The agenda for the Explanatory Meetings was structured to facilitate dialogue with the authorities, and for each segment of the agenda was targeted at a specific audience comprising a predermined list of Kosovo* institutions.

Expert presentations were detailed and addressed issues from the respective sections of the questionnaires. The Explanatory meetings started with the delivery of a brief overview of the assessment process and general provisions in the assessment questionnaires.

 Common to both assessment components, issues of corporate criminal liability, confiscation, freezing and seizing proceeds from crime, law enforcement authorities, investigation and criminal procedure, and issues pertaining to international cooperation of law enforcement/FIU and mutual legal assistance/extradition were explained and discussed with the participants.

The specific questions related to the AC component that were addressed during these explanatory meetings related to financing of political parties and election campaigns, the offenses and sanctions for corruption, fundamental safeguards and corruption prevention measures in the police, judiciary, prosecution, public administration, parliament and the public procurement. AML/CTF related questions pertained to the criminalization of money laundering and terrorism financing, non-profit organizations, cross-border declaration and disclosure, and the Financial Intelligence Unit, legal persons – access to beneficial ownership and control information, modern secure transaction techniques, record keeping, risk of money laundering and terrorist financing, customer due diligence, politically exposed persons (PEPs), secrecy laws, suspicious transactions reporting related to ML and TF, shell banks, ongoing supervision and monitoring and market entry, supervisors, sanctions and money or value transfer services.

Copies of respective questionnaires, and the compilation of international and European AC and AML/CTF standards were disseminated to the participants. The Explanatory Meetings were attended by the relevant institutions, such as the two coordinating authorities for each assessment component i.e. Kosovo* Anti-Corruption Agency (KAA), and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), the overall coordinating authority - Office for Good Governance/Office of the Prime Minister, as well as relevant ministries, judiciary, prosecution, police, customs, independent agencies, and the Central Bank (List of Participants). Before the commencement of Explanatory Meetings, Mr Edmond Dunga assumed his role as the PECK Project Advisor on 5 July, 2012.

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GRECO 20 guiding principles


Phase II: Start-up Activities
(Pristina, Kosovo*, 28-29 April 2012)

The PECK-Kosovo* Phase II of the Start-up activities took place in Pristina where the project mission team held bilateral meetings with the main counterpart institutions: European Union Office in Pristina, the Office of Good Governance (OGG), the Kosovo* Anti-Corruption Agency (KAA), and the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), as well as with other relevant institutions especially concerning law enforcement sector. The meetings were mainly focused on discussions about the “Terms of Reference” of the assessments that were initiated as drafts since Phase I of the Start up workshop, and Draft Assessment Questionnaires on Component 1) Anti-corruption; and Component 2) Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing. Further discussions that took place during this mission included also the preparatory work on the Launching Conference of the Project; the preparatory work on the Team Set up for the project; and on the Steering Committee as well as the workplan of the activity. All issues discussed during the Phase I and Phase II of the Start up Activities were agreed to be finalized at the Launching Conference, scheduled to take place on 26 April 2012.

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Launching Conference (Pristina, Kosovo*, 26 April 2012)

The Conference launched the Project against Economic Crime, jointly funded by the European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe (CoE) and implemented by the CoE. The event was opened by Mr Hajredin Kuqi, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, Mr Samuel Žbogar, the EU Special Representative/Head of the European Office in Kosovo*, Ms Vlora Citaku, the Minister of European Integration, and Mr Tim Cartwright, the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Pristina. The parties expressed their commitments to the fight against economic crime at all levels as being essential in the long-term social and economic development in Kosovo*. The conference included over 100 representatives from over 20 ministries and agencies, as well as international organizations, private sector and civil society.

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Phase I: Start-up Activities and workshop
(Pristina, Kosovo*, 14-16 February 2012)

The PECK-Kosovo* Start-up activities took place in Pristina during 14-16 February 2012. The project mission team held bilateral meetings with all Project’s counterparts and beneficiaries as well as with international organizations with the view to describing the project in detail. The bilateral meetings were followed by the Start-up workshop which took place on 16 February 2012 with the presence of 30 participants and representatives of the previous bilateral meetings but also of other different counterpart institutions. This workshop gave the possibility to introduce in a unified way the necessary details and information on the project, and more specifically the methodology of carrying out the assessments on Component 1) Corruption and Component 2) Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing. Furthermore, presented methodology that will be applied in and for each project’s component (which will be based on the methodology and questionnaire used by GRECO and MONEYVAL evaluations carried out by CoE and for CoE member states in these mechanisms). The introduced methodology was explained to all participants that will be specifically tailored for Kosovo* and will be run as an assessment process.

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