in the past:
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 PECK’s 1st assessment reports and thus improving compliance of Kosovo*’s 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.
of Mr F. Denker, CoE expert
of Mr E. Dunga, PECK Advisor, Council of Europe
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 PECK’s 1st assessment reports, and draft 2nd cycle Questionnaire for AML/CFT component.
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.
of Mr Herbert LaFerla, CoE expert
of Mr Drino Galicic, Coe expert
of Mr Cedric Woodhall, CoE expert
of Mr Fleming Denker, CoE expert
of Mr Lajos Korona, CoE expert
Face-to-face meeting with Kosovo* authorities on assessment reports
(Strasbourg, France, April 29-30 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.
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.
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.
On-site visit of PECK experts’ teams to Kosovo*
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*.
3-6 December 2012
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.
Explanatory meetings on Assessment Questionnaires (Pristina,
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.
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.
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.
20 guiding principles
Phase II: Start-up Activities
(Pristina, Kosovo*, 28-29 April
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
Launching Conference (Pristina, Kosovo*, 26 April 2012)
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.
Phase I: Start-up Activities and workshop
(Pristina, Kosovo*, 14-16
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.