Expert assessment teams to visit Kosovo
(Pristina, Kosovo, 25 November– 6 December 2012)
The expert assessment teams for the anti-corruption (AC) and anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) components will visit Pristina on 25 November– 6 December 2012 to conduct interviews with a wide range of authorities in Kosovo. The main purpose of the interviews is to verify and cross-examine the information provided in the AC and AML/CFT questionnaires submitted to the assessment teams 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. The information gathered in the course of the on-site visit will serve as a basis for the AC and AML/CFT Draft Assessment Reports on Kosovo, which will be subsequently provided to authorities in Kosovo for comment and later discussed and adopted at the Plenary Conference, scheduled for May 2013.
MOLI-Serbia: Basic Training of Trainers
(Belgrade, Serbia, 29-30 November 2012)
On 29-30 November 2012, MOLI
Serbia organised a two-day “Basic Training of Trainers” event for staff members of the Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering. The purpose of the training
was to provide project beneficiaries with necessary presentation skills, which they will apply regularly when transferring their knowledge on AML/CFT issues to junior colleagues and other government agencies responsible for preventing money laundering and terrorism financing in Serbia.
First Steering Committee Meeting
(Ankara, Turkey, 27 November 2012)
The TYEC 2 project held its first Steering Committee Meeting on 27 November 2012 in Ankara. The project completed its inception phase in July 2012 and submitted its 1st quarterly report on activities in October 2012.
The stakeholders discussed the issues of importance with regard to the activities implemented so far and made decisions when it comes to the calendar of activities for period January - June 2013, the organisation of the high level event and steps to be taken by each project partner in this matter.
The meeting was attended by the representatives of the Council of Ethics, Delegation of the European Union, Council of Europe and other partners' institutions.
MOLI-Serbia: Fourth cycle of the specialised training on financial instruments related to assets recovery for Prosecutors
(Andrevlje, Serbia, 8 November – 24 November 2012)
Specialised training course for prosecutors on financial investigations related to assets recovery
was held in November 2012 in Andrevlje, Serbia. This is the final course and participants
were prosecutors from the area of jurisdiction of Novi Sad Appellate Prosecutors Office. The Course consisted of three sessions that
were organised on weekly basis as of 4 October to 20 October 2012. Training curriculum was prepared in consultation with the Republican Prosecutors Office and improved based on the experiences gathered during the implementation of previous three training courses for prosecutors from Kragujevac, Belgrade and Niš Appellation.
EaP Facility/Corruption: Risk Assessment (1.4): Weaknesses in the income and asset declaration system of Armenia
(Yerevan, Armenia, 21 -23 November 2012)
was a part of the regional activity on risk assessment through which underlying causes of corruption
were identified in a particular sector of the each Eastern Partnership country.
The aim of this activity was to assess corruption risks and potential weaknesses in the income and asset declaration system of Armenia and to identify needs for action (regulatory, organisational, training, etc.). To this end, the Project’s Long-Term Adviser and another Council of Europe expert
held meetings with various stakeholders in Yerevan on 21-23 November 2012, including representatives of civil society and international organisations. As a result of this exercise, an assessment report
was prepared containing an analysis of the system and recommendations for its further improvement. It contributes to a regional study on typologies of underlying causes of corruption to be presented at a Regional Conference on Risk Assessment in Chisinau at the beginning of 2013.
MOLI-Serbia: 2nd Training on Investigation and Prosecution of Money Laundering Offences and Seizure of the Proceeds of Crime
Sad, Serbia, 19-20 November 2012)
MOLI Serbia Project was organising a two-day training on Investigation and Prosecution of Money Laundering Offences and Seizure of the Proceeds of Crime, which
took place in Novi Sad, on 19 and 20 November 2012. The training
was primarily aimed at representatives of the police, prosecutors and the judiciary. The guest expert from The Netherlands, Ms Nicole Voorhuis, Public Prosecutor from Amsterdam,
presented the role and practices of prosecutors in money laundering investigations and prosecutions and the seizure of the proceeds of crime. The guest expert from Belgium, Mr Geert Delure, Police Detective Commissioner of the National Federal Criminal Police,
made the presentation on reporting and investigation of money laundering offences, and the structure of the investigation of money laundering offences and the seizure of the proceeds of crime by the police.
PACA-Albania: Conference ‘Conclusion of the 3-year Albanian Government - Council of Europe – European Union Cooperation on Combating Corruption'
(Tirana, Albania, 8 November 2012)
The conference, which
was part of the Albanian Government’s programme of activities during its Chairmanship of the Council of Europe,
was held on 8 November 2012 in Tirana.
In the last three years PACA has been the leading large scale project assisting anti-corruption reforms in the country, and has had a significant impact on the fight against corruption – notably in recent constitutional changes to reform the system of immunities of high-level officials. Apart from promoting Albanian Government-CoE-EU cooperation, the conference aimed to further encourage reforms in other areas related to anti-corruption where certain deficiencies have been noticed and technical assistance provided.
The keynote speeches were delivered by Mr Sali Berisha, Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, Ms
Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and Mr Ettore Sequi, the Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Albania.
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MOLI-Serbia: Workshop on AML/CFT Standards for Accountants and Auditors (Belgrade,
Serbia, 30 October 2012)
On 30 October 2012, MOLI Project in cooperation with APML organised a workshop on AML/CFT supervision for accountants and auditors. The objective of the workshop
was to assist designated non-financial businesses and persons in latest AML/CFT standards. CoE and APML experts presented international standards and legislation on AML/CFT in Serbia; threats and challenges and latest typologies, among other topics.
MOLI-Serbia: Training Workshop on Regional Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Typologies
Serbia, 25 October 2012)
MOLI Serbia Project, in cooperation with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE),
organised the Training Workshop on Regional Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Typologies, which
took place on 25 October 2012, in Hotel Zira in Belgrade. The workshop
was also attended by the representatives of other countries in the region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia) who presented typologies in their respective countries. The workshop
was also dedicated to new typologies and trends.
MOLI-Serbia: National Money Laundering Risk Assessment Final Workshop (Belgrade,
Serbia, 23 and 24 October 2012)
MOLI Serbia Project
organised the National Money Laundering Risk Assessment Final Workshop, which
took place on 23 and 24 October 2012, in Hotel Hyatt Regency in Belgrade. The workshop
was organised by the Council of Europe (CoE) and the World Bank (WB), in cooperation with the Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering of the Republic of Serbia (APML). The workshop
was also attended by the representatives of other countries in the region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia) as observers. The Final Workshop
was dedicated to discussion of the risk assessment results following the Initial Workshop and reviewing the risk based draft action plans. The participants also discussed the ways to further improve the quality of the NRA process and underlying information data and statistics for the next round of NRA.
CAR-Serbia: Third cycle of the specialised
training on financial
instruments related to assets
recovery for Prosecutors
October - 20 October 2012)
Specialised training course for
prosecutors on financial
investigations related to assets
recovery was held in October
2012 in Kalna, Serbia. This time participants
were prosecutors from the
area of jurisdiction of Niš
Appellate Prosecutors Office.
The Course consisted
of three sessions that
were organised on weekly
basis as of 4 October to 20
October 2012. Training
curriculum was prepared in
consultation with the Republican
Office and improved based
on the experiences gathered
during the implementation of
previous two training courses
for prosecutors from Kragujevac
and Belgrade Appellation.
Workshop on the Revision of the Ethics Training Curricula
(Ankara, Turkey, 20 September 2012)
The workshop was aimed at sharing the experiences of trainers who had conducted the ethics trainings with TYEC 1 project. The event included the participation of 24 trainers from the Council of Ethics and public institutions.
The workshop provided an opportunity to take a stock of the lessons learnt during the TYEC 1 project and reached the agreement on measures to be undertaken for the implementation of the ethics trainings throughout the TYEC 2 lifetime. The recommendations elaborated during the workshop
have been further evaluated by the Project team and reflected into the ethics training strategy.
Constitutional Amendments on Restricting the Immunities Regime Adopted
On 18 September 2012 the Albanian Parliament voted on the draft constitutional amendments aiming to restrict/abolish the immunity of MPs, judges and other high level officials. The draft submitted to vote was a joint Democratic Party (DP) -Socialist Party (SP) parliamentary groups’ proposal agreed/endorsed by the 21 July 2012 joint session of the Parliamentary Council on Legislation and the Committee on Legal Issues, Public Administration and the Human Rights after the hearing/consultation of experts and other stakeholders. The joint proposal
was a compromise of two drafts submitted by DP and SP parliamentary groups and it largely reflected the recommendations provided by PACA project in September 2011 for reform of the regime of immunities as well as the PACA expert's comments/position expressed at the 21 July session.
PECK-Kosovo*: 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.
MOLI-Serbia: Fourth Steering Committee Meeting
(4 September 2012, Belgrade, Serbia)
The fourth Steering
Committee meeting of the
MOLI Serbia Project took
place in Belgrade on 4
September 2012. The
members of the Steering
Committee reviewed the
activities carried out
since January 2012 and
discussed the short-term
planning of activities
until the end of the
calendar year. Steering
Committee members also
approved the updated
version of the project
During July 2012, draft
aimed at restricting or
abolishing the immunities of
certain categories of
officials were submitted by
the Democratic Party (DP)
and Socialist Party (SP)
parliamentary groupings (on
6th and 20th
July respectively). Both of
the drafts were largely in
line with the
recommendations provided by
PACA in September 2011 for
reform of the regime of
immunities.In response to a request from Parliament, on 21 July 2012 a PACA
expert attended a joint
session of the "Parliamentary Council on
Legislation and the
Committee on Legal Issues,
Public Administration and
the Human Rights, which was
organized to consult
experts, civil society
representatives and other
stakeholders and secure
feedback on the drafts.
At the meeting the
PACA expert responded to
extensive questioning by
MPs. Following the meeting,
the Committee approved a
revised draft. However, in
the Parliamentary session at
which the proposed
amendments were to be
debated and voted on, a vote
did not take place after the
opposition (SP) elected not
to support the proposal.
PACA-Albania: Comments and recommendations
on the draft Teachers’ code
of Ethics - APRIL 2012
In June 2012 PACA submitted
comments and recommendations
on a new draft Code of
Ethics for Teaching Staff,
elaborated by a working
group of the Ministry of
Education and Science (MoES)
and Institute for
Development of Education
(IDE) with the aim of
implementing previous PACA
comments and recommendations
generally compliment the new
draft as a much-improved
version of the previous
draft commented on by PACA
in September 2010, and
provided some detailed
proposed changes to the
MOLI-Serbia: Workshop on the
Risk Based Approach (RBA) in
On-site and Off-site Supervision
(Belgrade, Serbia, 9-10 July
MOLI Serbia Project was
Workshop on the Risk
Based Approach (RBA) in On-site and Off-site
Supervision, which took place on 9 and 10 July 2012
in Belgrade. The workshop was primarily aimed at
representatives of the Supervision Department
of the National Bank of
Serbia, as well as other supervisory bodies in the
anti-money laundering and
financing system. On this occasion, the guest expert of
the national bank of Italy, Mr Antonio Marrone, presented good
practices in applying
PACA-Albania: Manual "Education against Corruption"
On 23 May 2012 PACA
hosted an event to disseminate
the final draft manual on
‘Education against Corruption’,
a curriculum manual for teachers
at Albanian basic and secondary
schools. The representatives of
the Ministry of Education and
Science and the Institute for
Development of Education
underlined the support of the
government for the manual and
presented how it should be used.
PACA-Albania: Code of
Conduct for Teachers
On 17 May 2012 PACA received
recommendations from the General Teaching Council of
Scotland (GTCS) on a new draft Code of Conduct for
Teachers elaborated by the Institute for Development of
Education (IDE). The recommendations, together with a
commentary on the extent to which the new draft reflects
the recommendations of PACA, were forwarded to the
working group in charge of drafting the Code. On 25-26
June PACA organised meetings between an expert from
the GTCS and the working group to discuss the draft and
PACA recommendations and assist with finalisation of the
CAR-Serbia: Training of journalists on asset recovery reporting
(Kragujeva, Servia, 14 June
CAR project organized a fourth training session on assets recovery reporting. The aim of the training, conducted by EBART Media Archive, addressed some of the shortcomings identified in the two reports prepared under the CAR project (first report prepared by EBART and second by CESID). The main topics on the training agenda were proper media reporting, presumption of innocence, use of legal terminology with concrete examples, media reporting on the on-going criminal proceedings and regional experience. Training was held in Kragujevac on 14th June 2012.
MOLI-Serbia: Workshop on the Risks of Money Laundering
and Terrorism Financing in NPO
(14 June 2012, Belgrade)
MOLI Serbia Project organised the Workshop on the Risks
of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing in NPO
Sector, which took place on 14 June 2012 in Belgrade.
The workshop was aimed at participants from the NGO
sector in Serbia, FIU, Ministry of Interior, Serbian
security agencies and other institutions that have a
role in preventing money laundering and terrorist
financing. Experts of the Council of Europe, Dr Shima
Keene and Mr Grahame Barker, took part in the discussion
and highlight the features and types of NPOs that are at
risk of being misused for the purposes of money
laundering and terrorist financing.
CAR-Serbia: Expert meeting "Managing Seized and Confiscated
Assets - Challenges and
(Belgrade, Serbia, 31
May - 1 June 2012)
The CAR project, together with the OSCE Mission in Serbia, held a two day expert meeting on "Managing Seized and Confiscated Assets – Challenges and Solutions". The aim of the meeting was to facilitate the cooperation of the regional asset recovery offices and enhance their efficiency in managing the proceeds from crime. Seven international experts participated at the meeting and presented good practices on asset management in different jurisdictions. The meeting was held from 31 May to 1 June 2012 in the Palace "Serbia" in Belgrade.
PACA-Albania: Provision of the expert opinion on the amendments
to the Albanian AML/CFT Law
On 27 April 2012 PACA project delivered the expert opinion
concerning the recently drafted amendments to the Law on
Prevention of Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism.
The opinion assessed the conformity of the amending provisions
with the relevant Recommendations of the Financial Action
Task Force as well as the amendments' compliance with the
recommendations made in the MONEYVAL 4th Round Mutual Evaluation
Report. The opinion also provided further proposal for changes
to be made in the draft amendments.
MOLI-Serbia: Study visit to the EUROPOL and Belgian Federal Police
Hague and Brussels, 2-6 April 2012)
MOLI Serbia Project organised a five-day study visit to
the EUROPOL Headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands, and
the Belgian Federal Police in Brussels, Belgium, for the
analysts of the Serbian Administration for the Prevention
of Money-laundering and the Serbian Financial Investigation
Unit. During the visit to these institutions between 2 and
6 April 2012, the Serbian delegation had an opportunity
to hear about strategic and operational analysis, and learn
the appropriate methodology on writing strategic reports.
Conference on Combating Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing
in the Securities Market
(Aranđelovac, Serbia, 28-30 March 2012)
MOLI Serbia Project organised a three-day Conference on
Combating Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing in the
Securities Market, which took place on 28, 29 and 30 March
2012 in Arandjelovac, Serbia. More than seventy representatives
of custody banks, broker-dealer companies and investment
funds were be trained in AML/CFT compliance regime in securities
market and discussed improving effectiveness of the system.
The conference also contributed to creation of a dedicated
AML committee and association representing the compliance
professionals of the securities market sector.
CAR-Serbia: 2nd Event on “Criminal Asset Recovery and ECtHR Jurisprudence”
(17 April 2012, Belgrade, Serbia)
Following the request of the Serbian Supreme Court
of Cassation, The CAR Serbia Project held another
event on “Criminal Asset Recovery and Jurisprudence of the
European Court of Human Rights” in Belgrade on 17 April
2012. This session was attended mainly by the judges
of the Supreme Court of Cassation and they discussed
issues related to recovery of proceeds from crime from the
perspective of the European Court of Human Rights case law.
CAR-Serbia: Second specialised training on financial
instruments related to assets recovery for Prosecutors
Serbia, 22-24 March 2012)
A Second cycle of training for prosecutors concerning the international financial instruments related to assets recovery started on 22 March 2012 in Ecka. The training gathered the prosecutors from the jurisdiction of Belgrade Appellate Prosecutors Office. Three different training sessions were held from 22 March to 7 April 2012. The curriculum of the training was prepared in consultation with the Republican Prosecutors Office.
On 29 February 2012 PACA held its 7th Steering Committee meeting that officially approved the extension of the project until 31 December 2012. Steering Committee also approved draft workplan which set up basis for the activities design during the extension period.
List of participants of SC meeting
Draft Workplan (extension period)
Review of the Draft Law on Freezing of Terrorist Assets
MOLI Serbia Project organised a two-day Workshop
on the Review of the Provisions of the Draft Law on Restrictions
on Disposal of Property with the Aim of Preventing Terrorism
in Serbia, which took place on 23 and 24 February 2012
in Ečka, Serbia. Together with Ms Lorna Harris, CoE Expert,
the nominated members of the Legal Review Group analysed
and reviewed the compliance of the Draft Law with EU and International
standards, identified any shortcomings and provided recommendations
as a basis for amendments to the Draft Law.
3rd Steering Committee meeting
(Belgrade, Serbia, 20 January 2012)
third Steering Committee meeting of MOLI Serbia Project
took place in Belgrade on 20 January 2012. The members of
the Steering Committee reviewed the activities carried out
and discussed the short-term planning of activities. They
also approved the First Annual Progress Report covering the period November
PACA-Albania: Study Visit to Rome, Italy: "Cross border Confiscation of
On February 5-8, 2012 PACA was held a study visit of Albanian
judges, prosecutors and Ministry of Justice officials to
Italy in the framework of assistance intended to enhance
cross border cooperation for the confiscation of crime proceeds.
The study visit followed the workshop of 20 December 2011,
which discussed the applicable Albanian legal framework
for the international confiscation of crime proceeds and
the main problems encountered in its implementation.