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PECK: Main activities 2013


Interagency Workshop on progress made by the Kosovo* institutions in the implementation of the PECK recommendations from the 1st assessment cycle and launching of the 2nd assessment cycle
(Pristina, Kosovo*, 3-4 December 2013)

On 3-4 December 2013, the PECK Project brought together representatives of Kosovo* institutions to the Interagency workshop to discuss progress made in the implementation of the PECK recommendations from the 1st assessment cycle, aimed at improving compliance of Kosovoís* legal and institutional framework with international standards in the field of anti-corruption (AC), anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT). The workshop focused on technical discussion of the draft reports prepared by the assessment team on the basis of information collected from relevant Kosovo* institutions and open sources. Detailed expert presentations touched upon measures taken since the adoption of the assessment reports in June 2013 and highlighted areas/sectors in need of action due to lack of progress. The draft reports will be sent to the authorities for comments and request for additional information on steps taken/planned to be taken to comply with the PECK recommendations. The reports will be finalised at the beginning of 2014 and serve as benchmarks in the 2nd assessment cycle for updating the level of Kosovoís compliance vis-ŗ-vis international AC and AML/CFT standards.

The workshop also marked the official launching of the 2nd assessment cycle by presenting the Questionnaire on compliance with remaining 2003 FATF recommendations not addressed in the 1st cycle for the AML/CFT component and Compliance Matrix for the AC component. The assessment team explained in detail substantive aspects of the questionnaire mostly focused on preventive measures for financial institutions and designated non-financial businesses and professions (DNFBPs) and legal arrangements, and international cooperation. The AML/CFT questionnaire in English, Albanian and Serbian and has been disseminated to competent authorities with a request to submit replies by 31 January 2014.

Agenda English / Albanian
Presentation of Mr F. Denker, CoE Expert, on:
  Incrimination/Criminalisation
Presentations of Mr E. Dunga, PECK Advisor, CoE on:
  Financing political parties and election campaigns Public administration
  - Public procurement
Presentation of Mr D. Galicic, CoE Expert, on:
  General and preventive measures
Presentations of Mr F. Cottalorda, CoE Expert, on:
  Confiscation - Cooperation - Law Enforcement Authorities
Presentations of Mr L. Korona, CoE Expert, on:
  Criminalisation - Mutual Legal Assistance
Presentation of Mr H. Z. LaFerla, CoE Expert, on:
  NGOs - Legal Persons  - FIU and Supervisor - AML/CFT Questionnaire
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1st cycle assessment reports on Kosovo*ís compliance with international standards in the area of anti-corruption (AC) and anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT)

Two comprehensive assessment reports prepared by the PECK project on Kosovoís* compliance with international AC and AML/CFT standards are available in English, Albanian and Serbian languages. The reports contain in-depth analyses of AC and AML/CFT legal and institutional frameworks, identified deficiencies and recommendations for improvement. They provide necessary guidance to Kosovo* authorities for bringing lasting legislative and organisational reforms to improve compliance with international standards.


Workshop on lessons learned from the 1st assessment cycle
(Pristina, Kosovo*, 30 October 2013)

On 30 October 2013, the PECK Project held a workshop with key stakeholders in Kosovo* to discuss the lessons learned from the 1st assessment cycle and provide update on current developments, recent initiatives and ongoing reforms aimed at implementing the recommendations of the PECKís 1st assessment reports and thus improving compliance of Kosovo*ís legal and institutional framework with international standards in the field of anti-corruption (AC), anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT). It served as a preliminary step before launching the 2nd assessment cycle and would contribute to the preparation of the progress reports.

Agenda Albanian / English
Presentation of Mr F. Denker, CoE expert
Presentation of Mr E. Dunga, PECK Advisor, Council of Europe
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4th PECK Steering Committee Meeting
(Pristina, Kosovo*, 29 October 2013)

The 4th Steering Committee meeting of PECK Project was held in Pristina on 29 October 2013. It was opened by the Head of Council of Europe Office in Pristina and co-chaired by the Financial Intelligence Unit and Kosovo Anti-Corruption Council. The Steering Committee discussed and agreed on the implementation modalities of the 2nd assessment cycle, including preparation of progress reports on the implementation of the recommendations deriving from the PECKís 1st assessment reports, and draft 2nd cycle Questionnaire for AML/CFT component.

Agenda Albanian / English
Presentation of Mr E. Dunga, PECK Advisor, Council of Europe


3rd PECK Steering Committee Meeting
(Pristina, Kosovo*, 12 June 2013)

The 3rd Steering Committee (SC) of PECK Project was opened by the Deputy Head of the Council of Europe Office in Kosovo*, and co-chaired by the Kosovo* Anti-Corruption Agency and the Financial Intelligence Unit. The meeting was attended by other SC permanent members namely the European Union Office to Kosovo*, the Office of Good Governance, the Ministry of Justice, the Central Bank, Judicial Council, the Office of the Special Prosecutor, and the Kosovo* Police. Steering Committee members adopted the proposed updates to the Project Workplan.


Technical Plenary Meeting and High-level Visibility Conference on the outcomes of PECK 1st cycle AC and AML/CFT Assessment Reports on Kosovo*
(Pristina, Kosovo*, 10-11 June 2013)

On 10 June 2013, the Project organised a technical Plenary Meeting in Pristina to discuss and officially adopt the first cycle assessment reports on compliance of Kosovo* with international anti-corruption (AC) and anti-money laundering/combating terrorism financing (AML/CFT) standards. It brought together relevant domestic beneficiary institutions, international experts, and representatives of key international organisations. The Plenary meeting was followed by a high-level visibility Conference on 11 June 2013 where the outcomes of the assessment process were presented to a wide range of domestic and international stakeholders, civil society and media representatives.

Agenda
Presentation of Mr Herbert LaFerla, CoE expert
Presentation of Mr Drino Galicic, Coe expert
Presentation of Mr Cedric Woodhall, CoE expert
Presentation of Mr Fleming Denker, CoE expert
Presentation of Mr Lajos Korona, CoE expert
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Face-to-face meeting with Kosovo* authorities on assessment reports
(Strasbourg, France, 29-30 April 2013)

The PECK Project assessment team will meet with representatives of ministries and agencies from Kosovo* in order to discuss draft assessment reports for the anti-corruption and anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism components. The meetings will be aimed at identifying issues for the Plenary discussion of the reports scheduled to take place in Pristina in June 2013.

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2nd PECK Steering Committee meeting
(Pristina, Kosovo*, 21 February 2013)

The 2nd Steering Committee (SC) Meeting of PECK Project was co-chaired by the Kosovo* Anti-Corruption Agency and the Financial Intelligence Unit. The meeting was attended by other SC permanent members namely the Office of Good Governance, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Justice. The Central Bank and EULEX participated in the meeting as observers. The meeting adopted the 1st Annual Progress Report of the PECK Project. The SC also heard an update on the preparation of the 1st cycle assessment reports for the AML/CFT and AC components, and adopted amendments to the assessment schedule.

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1st technical meeting of PECK experts assessment team to finalize draft AC and AML/CFT assessment reports
(Strasbourg, France, 28-29 January 2013)

A technical experts meeting was held on 28-29 January 2013 by the PECK experts team to discuss and agree on the final draft text, conclusions and recommendations contained in the AC and AML/CFT assessment reports.

Agenda

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