Action against economic crime

South Programme - Component 2
Promotion of good governance: fight against corruption and money-laundering (SNAC)


The programme of the European Union and the Council of Europe “Strengthening democratic reform in the Southern Neighbourhood (South Programme) – Component 2” aims at promoting good governance through increased prevention of corruption and money-laundering in the Southern Neighbourhood (Morocco, Tunisia etc.). It is fully funded by the EU and implemented by the Council of Europe.

The 3-year programme was initiated on the base of many actions led by the international community in support to good governance and promotion of the rule of law following the Arab Spring (2011). Signed on 17 January 2012, the Programme targets public authorities and the civil society to support commitments to reform, on the independence and efficiency of the judiciary, corruption and human trafficking and to promote human rights and democratic values. The component 2 of the Programme aims at the implementation of high-standards for democratic governance to fight corruption, money-laundering and terrorism financing. It responds to a high level priority of all countries in the region, the European Union and the Council of Europe.

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has manifested in many occasions the interest in strengthening cooperation with the Council of Europe to combat corruption and money-laundering. Therefore the programme is expected to encourage and support the adoption and the implementation of international and European standards to fight corruption, combat money-laundering and terrorism financing. This will be made possible through the assessment of the institutional, legal and policy framework, based on tools and methodology used by the Group of States against corruption (GRECO) and the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti Money-Laundering (Moneyval). The Council of Europe co-operation and technical assistance activities include strategic policy and legislative advice, risk-assessments, identification of various reform related tools, training, capacity and institution building, networking modalities among homologue institutions in Europe, provision of equipment and the dissemination of good practices. Activities are supported by visibility actions and information campaigns, which include outreach to the relevant target audiences in the government sector and civil society, as well as media.


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SNAC Morocco/Maroc Training on administrative inquiries technics, 16-17 October 2014 in Rabat (Morocco)

Draft agenda PDF (French only)

SNAC Morocco/Maroc Training on Basic Anti-corruption concepts, 11-13 November 2014 in Rabat (Morocco)


ACTIVITIES IN THE PAST:

SNAC Tunisia/Tunisie Training on corruption proofing, 23-24 September 2014 in Tunis (Tunisia)

 

SNACTun 2.2- corruption proofing/analyse des risques textes législatifs

 

SNAC Tunisia/Tunisie Training on Basic Anti-corruption concepts, 24-25 September 2014 in Tunis (Tunisia)

SNAC T4.2 Basic concepts/concespts de base

 

SNAC Tunisia/Tunisie  Seminar on the future National Instance of Good Governance and Fight against corruption, 24-25 June 2014 in Tunis (Tunisia)

The experts of the Council of Europe were invited to present their work and working method to boardmembers of the council of INLUCC on June 24 to validate these documents. Following this effective validation of INLUCC internal rules, a working seminar was held to discuss the settlement of the Instance de bonne gouvernance et de lutte contre la corruption (IBOGOLUCC) based on both the technical paper SNAC 2/2014 of the Council of Europe and a technical note.

Agenda PDF (French only)

SNAC 2/2014 - Analysis of key preventative anti-corruption policies from a selection of European countries PDF
Passer de l’INLUCC à l’Instance de la bonne gouvernance et de la lutte contre la corruption, prévue par l’article 130 de la constitution du 26 janvier 2014 PDF (French only)

SNAC Morocco/Maroc  Risks Assessment in the External Trade of Morocco, May-October 2014 (Rabat/Casa Blanca)

Following an initial training to introduce the methodology of the Council of Europe in the field of risk assessment and compare this method to that used by the ICPC in the framework of its activities, it was decided to apply the method to an other sector. At the invitation of the ICPC, the Ministry of Foreign Trade agreed to implement this method to its advantage. A questionnaire was sent in April 2014. The questionnaire was sent to experts who were able to go to Rabat for a series of interviews.

Agenda (French only) PDF

SNAC Tunisia/Tunisie  Seminar on GRECO methodologies, 12-13 June 2014 in Strasbourg

Tunisian high-ranking delegation led by Mr. Samir Annabi, President of INLUCC and Mr. Anouar Ben Khalifa, Junior Minister for governance and the public administration went to Strasbourg to study the standards of the Council of Europe in economic crime.

SNACTUN1.1

The seminar in addition to an introduction to the methodologies of GRECO and MONEYVAL to tackle this finacement paetis political and electoral campaigns, reached international standards and national practices governing non-profit organisations to combat money laundering and the fight against the financing of terrorism; the cooperation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe; Congress of Local and Regional Authorities and local democracy.

Agenda (French only) PDF
Synopsis (French only) PDF

SNAC Morocco/Maroc Support to the preparation of ICPC internal rules, 20-21 February/24-25 March 2014 in Rabat (Morocco)

In prevision of the adoption of the draft law on the new national anti-corruption authority, Council of Europe is providing assistance to the Instance centrale de prévention de la corruption to provide guidelines on the drafting of internal rules.
Two on-site visits were held by Council of Europe Experts: Richard Martinez, civil servant and agent of the Central Service for Prevention of Corruption (France) in February 2014 and Drago Kos, former President of GRECO and current head of OECD Working Group on Bribery on the settlement of investigation powers as stated in the 2012 Constitution in March 2014.

SNAC Morocco/Maroc  Training on criminal law proceedings on infractions concerning economic crime, 13 March 2014 in Rabat (Morocco)

A first training on criminal case investigation was held in Rabat in the premisses of the Moroccan anti-corruption authority. This training was led by 2 Council of Europe Experts from Belgium, Geert Delrue (Federal Police) and Thierry Loquet (Prosecutor) and 25 public agents were trained from Police, Royal Gendarmerie, Prosecutor office and jugges. This training was centered on investigation technics in patrimony. This request was registered as Recommendation Nr. 52 of the AC Diagnostic.

SNAC Morocco/Maroc  Assessment of the AC framework on basis of the GRECO methodology in Morocco: Finalisation of the report and adoption of the Recommendations, 18-19  February 2014 in Rabat (Morocco)

At end of a eight-month process, the experts of the Council of Europe could present the outcome of the work to the beneficiaries, media and international community consisting of 66 recommendations linked to the dispositions of the four  GRECO rounds and dispositions of the United Nations Convention against corruption.

Diagnostic AC: conférence de clôture

 

Agenda of the plenary session  PDF (in French only)
Agenda of the public event PDF (in French only)

Assessment of the AC framework: Executive Summary  PDF
Assessment of the AC framework: Recommendations PDF

SNAC Tunisia/Tunisie  Risk Analysis conducted with the Ministry of Public Property, December 2013-March 2014

Following the training on Council of Europe's methodology on Risks Assessment, the Council of Europe is supporting the good governance and anti-corruption units to carry out preventative activities.
To serve as an example of good practice, the Council of Europe is supporting the unit of the Ministry of public properties being in a sector particularly exposed to corruption.
In that perspective, two experts (Luis de Sousa et Paulo Morais-Portugal) have started to implemented CoE methodology and had a first mission to Tunisia on 16 to 18 December 2014 .
Their conclusions will be submitted in the form of a technical paper to be finalised by March 2014. This paper will include specific tools to the unit for future self evaluations.

Agenda PDF (in French only)

SNAC Morocco/Maroc   Diagnostic of the legal and institutional framework on basis of the GRECO methodology in Morocco: Discussion of the draft report, 20-21  November 2013 in Paris (France)

Following on-site visits, CoE experts drafted their contribution to the assessment of the institutional and legal anti-corruption framework of Morocco (AC diagnostic) and listed draft recommendations to be addressed to Moroccan authorities. 

SnacMor1.4: Paris

The first day of the seminar aimed at finaliising the draft recommendations and on the second day debate was enlarged to Moroccan partners. 67 draft recommendations were listed. The draft report will be sent for opinion to the Moroccan beneficiaries on 16 December 2013.

Agenda PDF  (in French only)

SNAC Tunisia/Tunisie  Strengthening of the Tunisian anti-corruption Agency: assistance to the introduction of internal rules and case management of the Instance nationale de lutte contre la corruption, Autumn 2013- Spring 2014

Following the study visit which allowed a Tunisian official delegation to study the operation of three European models of anti-corruption agency, the Council of Europe supports the efforts of the Instance nationale to strengthen the institution. In this context, an expert supports the Council of the Instance in the preparation of internal rules and a procedural guide.

SNACTun 3.2: INLUCC

This activity, conducted by Richard Martinez, civil servant and agent of the Central Service for Prevention of Corruption (France) aims to deliver the internal regulations in the first quarter 2014. Mr Mohamed Kolsi, Sollicitor, contributed actively to this activity.
Documents were submited as expected end of March 2014.

Agenda PDF of the working seminar of 25-26 September 2013  (in French only)
Agenda PDF of the working seminar of 28-29 October 2013  (in French only)
Agenda PDF of the working seminar of 2-3 December 2013  (in French only)
Agenda PDF of the working seminar of 6-7 January 2014  (in French only)
Agenda PDF of the working seminar of 3-4 February 2014  (in French only)
Agenda PDF of the working seminar of 3-4 March 2014  (in French only)
 

SNAC Morocco/Maroc   Diagnostic of the legal and institutional framework on basis of the GRECO methodology in Morocco: On-site visits, 30 September to 4 October 2013 in Rabat (Morocco)

Diagnostic

Following the methodology developped by GRECO, the Council of Europe organised on-site visit to assess instituional and legal framework to combat corruption in Morocco.
All meetings could take place. 73 persons were interviewed (62 men and 11 women).
The experts received 13 out of 14 expected answers to the questionnaire. Discussions led by Council of Europe experts were frank and fruitful. Local experts took an active role at the occasion of the on-sites visits.

Agenda PDF (French only)

SNAC Morocco/Maroc   Launch of the Diagnostic of the legal and institutional framework on basis of the GRECO methodology in Morocco: 10 July 2013 in Rabat (Morocco)

The Seminar was addressed to the focal points appointed by the various institutions and organisations being assessed. It was aimed at introducing GRECO methodologies and presenting the Diagnostic Questionnaire.

SNAC M1.2

Agenda PDF (French only)
PPT Presentation by Mr Guillaume Parent, Programme Coordinator  PDF (French only)
PPT Presentation PPT by Mr Edmond Dunga, Senior Expert   PDF (French only)
Diagnostic Questionnaire PDF

SNAC Tunisia/Tunisie   Training workshop dedicated to the methodologies of the Council Of Europe on risks assessment, 18 June 2013 (Tunis)

The Council of Europe has undertaken to help strengthen good governance and fight against corruption units, by participating in their work towards the achievement of risk assessment.
Under South Programme, a workshop was organized in partnership with the Ministry of governance to familiarize unit representatives from three particularly exposed sectors (customs, tax administration and State’s patrimony) to Council of Europe‘s methodologies on risk assessment.
This workshop led by Ms. Marijana Trivunovic, expert of the Council of Europe, aimed at presenting the goals and challenges of such an exercise. At this occasion a detailed presentation of the tools needed for this exercise was done, especially the questionnaire developed through previous cooperation programs in Central and Eastern Europe.

SNACTUN3.3: photo

As a follow-up to this activity, the Council of Europe will specifically support one unit of good governance in the implementation of its risk assessment.
The good governance and fight against corruption units have been established in each ministry and governorate under circular-letters 16 and 55-2012. A law is being prepared in order to specify their powers and organizational advantage.

Agenda PDF (French only)
PPT Presentation by Marijana Trivunovic, Expert dof the Council  PDF (French only)
Technical Paper (see PACA project) PDF

SNAC Morocco/Maroc  Training workshop on the review of the risk analysis methodologies used to assess risks in the sectors of health and transportation, 13 June 2013 (Rabat)

At the request of the Central Agency for the Prevention of Corruption (ICPC), the Council of Europe has undertaken a review of the methodology used by the Moroccan authorities to assess risks in the areas of health PDF and transport PDF (in French) in the light of its experience in East Central Europe.
In support of this comparison, the workshop provided by Ms. Marijana Trivunovic, expert of the Council of Europe, contribute to present the goals and challenges of such an exercise. At this occasion a detailed presentation of the tools needed for this exercise was done, especially the questionnaire developed through previous cooperation programs in Central and Eastern Europe.

SNACMOR 3.1: photo

As a follow-up to this activity, the Council of Europe will specifically support one sector to launch a risk analysis in accordance with the methodology developed in the framework of its cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe.

Agenda PDF  (French only)
PPT Presentation by Ahmed Yassine Foukara, Strategy and Studies Director, ICPC PDF (French only)
PPT Presentation by Marijana Trivunovic, Expert dof the Council PDF  (French only)
Technical Paper (see PACA project) PDF

SNAC Tunisia/Tunisie  Tunisian delegation to visit Anti Corruption Agencies in Europe

Anticipating the adoption of the Tunisian constitution and the creation of an independent anti-corruption authority, an official delegation led by Mr. Samir Annabi, President of the Instance nationale de lutte contre la corruption (INLUCC) visited national Anti-corruption Agencies of France, Slovenia and Croatia. (8-12 April 2013)

SNACTun 3.1


This study visit aimed at:

  • studying the anti-corruption operations of national authorities involved in the detection and prevention (France), featuring investigative capacity (Slovenia) and able to prosecute offenses related to corruption (Croatia);

  • identifying good practices in governance and fight against corruption;

  • identifying good practice inaugurated by other independant and constitutional bodies in Europe

  • developing the international network of the Instance nationale for further cooperation.

The various interviews provided substance to the members of the delegation to anticipate reforms aimed at strengthening the capacity of INLUCC.
The delegation was composed of representatives of INLUCC, the Ministry of governance and the fight against corruption, the general control of public and the civil society.

The Central Service for the Prevention of Corruption (SCPC)
The Commission for the Prevention of Corruption (CPC)
The Office for Suppression of Corruption and Organised Crime (USKOK) (Croatian only)

Draft agenda of the study-visit PDF

The Steering Committee of the South Programme met on 5 February 2013 in Coe Paris Office

The South Programme held its first Steering Committee Meeting on 5 February 2013 in Paris. Beneficiaries from Morocco and Tunisia participated to the meeting.
As requested at the occasion of the kick-off conference last September, the Workplan of the Component 2 could be finalized as expected in 2012 following the organization of a second start-up activities mission 10-14 December 2012. It was submitted for final approval in January 2013. The 1st progress report on activities was also sent in January 2013.
The meeting was also attended by representatives of the EU EEAS and DEVCO-Europeaid.
The Moroccan authorities invited the participants to Morocco for the organization of the second Steering Committee meeting.

Conclusions of the 1st Steering Committee, 5 February 2013
More information available on ODGPROG South Programme Webportal

SNAC Tunisia/Tunisie  Start-up activities mission on 10-14 December 2012 (Tunis) 

SNAC Morocco/Maroc

   Start-up activities on 17-18 October 2012 (Strasbourg) 

On the basis of the needs identified at the occasion of the initial assessment mission, Moroccan beneficiairies assembled in Strasbourg on 17 and 18 October to discuss all activities to be carried-out in the framework of the joint Programme and adopt a peliminary workplan.

 SNACMOR Start Up activities 17/18 October 2012

Agenda PDF (French only)

Documentation

Intervention by Mr Jan Kleijssen PDF (French only)
Intervention by Mr Ivan Koedjikov PDF (French only)
Presentation on ICPC's activities in Morocco by Mr Abdesselam Aboudrar, Chair of the Moroccan Anti-Corruption Authority PDF (French only)
Presentation on the South Programme by Mr Giovanni Battista Celiento, ODGPROG PDF (French only)

Presentation on GRECO Methodologies by Mr Christophe Speckbacher, GRECO PDF (French only)
Presentation on Confiscation by Mr Radoslav Dimov, EctHR PDF (French only)


Kick-Off Meeting to initiate the activities of the South Programme in Brussels, 7 September 2012

The CoE assembled representatives of the diplomatic community representing beneficiary countries of the Programme to officially launch with the European Union the activities identified in the South Programme.

Agenda PDF (French only)


SNAC Tunisia/Tunisie  Start-up activities on 25-28 September 2012 (Tunis)

A CoE delegation took part to a mission to Tunis to meet with Tunisian authorities, international/diplomatic missions and representatives of the civil society in order to determine activities to be carried out during the project implementation period.
The aim of the mission was to contribute to the designing of the workplan and activities.

Agenda PDF (French only)


SNAC Morocco/Maroc  Start-up activities (II) on 18-20 April 2012 (Rabat, Casablanca)

A CoE delegation participated to a mission to meet Moroccan authorities, international/diplomatic missions and representatives of the civil society to initiate and establish contacts for SNAC Morocco with project counterparts, beneficiaries and target groups and assess areas of intervention.
The aim of the mission was to contribute to the designing of the workplan and activities.

Agenda PDF (French only)


SNAC Morocco/MarocStart-up activities (I) on 14-15 February 2012 (Rabat)

A CoE delegation participated to a mission to meet Moroccan authorities, international/diplomatic missions and representatives of the civil society to initiate start-up activities in close cooperation with the EU Delegation in order to identify areas of intervention and limit the duplication of efforts with other international organisations.


Official visit of the Council of Europe Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland to Morocco and Tunisia on 3-5 April 2012

more on the website of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe


SNAC Tunisia/Tunisie  Inception mission on the joint South Programme on 10-12 October 2011 (Tunis)

A CoE delegation led by the Director General of Programmes Ms Gabriella Battaini Dragoni and Head of Action against crime Department M. Ivan Koedjikov attended to a mission with national authorities and international organisation representation to negotiate the mandate incorporated in the Council of Europe 's Action plan for Tunisia.

Agenda PDF

PROJECT DOCUMENTATION

Actionplan (Nov 2013) PDF
List of activities in Morocco
List of activities in Tunisia

Activity Progress Report 1 PDF (January 2013)
Activity Progress Report 2 PDF (June 2013)
Activity Progress Report 3 PDF(November 2013)
Activity Progress Report 4 PDF(June 2014)


 
TECHNICAL PAPERS

2013

2014

 

STEERING COMMITTEE

Conclusions of the 1st Steering Committee, 5 February 2013 PDF

Conclusions of the 2nd  Steering Committee, 17-18 March 2014

CoE Conventions

Translation into Arabic of the Criminal Law Convention (STE n°173)
Translation into Arabic of the Civil Law Convention (STE n°174)

USEFUL LINKS

South Programme Website
North South Centre (CoE)
EU delegation in Morocco
EU delegation in Tunisia

MEDIA CORNER

Past activities 2012
Photo Gallery

CONTACT

SNAC Project team