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PECK-Kosovo* - Project against Economic Crime

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

 

 


Corruption remains a serious challenge for Kosovo*. According to a number of surveys conducted by national and international organizations, control of corruption has proved to be scarce. In the field of money laundering and terrorism financing, recent assessments have also shown that there is a need for continuous legislative and organizational reforms to bring Kosovo* in line with European and international standards. While reforms related to corruption and money laundering have been underway for several years, there has been no structured, longer-term process to assess the progress and impact achieved up to date and highlight short-medium and long term reform steps. In view of this and while acknowledging the need of a structured and unified assessment process in Kosovo* and in these areas (Anti-corruption and Anti-Money Laundering and Countering of Terrorist Financing based on international/regional standards and practices as well as the successful experience of previous interventions of the Council of Europe carried out in Kosovo*, a project to address actions as such was designed in cooperation with counterpart institutions in Kosovo* and European Union Office in Pristina. As a results an IPA 2012í Contribution Agreement as a Joint Programme was signed in January 2012 between the Council of Europe and the European Union Office in Pristina. The PECK Project started on 1 February 2012, with a duration of 30 months and a budget of 1,200.000 Euro (EU funds: 83.3% and CoE funds: 16.7%). The Projectís overall objective is to contribute to the democracy and the rule of law through the prevention and control of corruption; money laundering; and the financing of terrorism in Kosovo*. The Projectís purpose is to strengthen institutional capacities to counter corruption; money laundering; and the financing of terrorism in Kosovo* in accordance with European standards through assessments and recommendations for improving and streamlining reforms to combat economic crime. The Office of Good Governance (OGG), the Kosovo* Anti-Corruption Agency (KAA), and the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), are the main counterpart institutions for this Project.


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Coming up soon:

On-site visit of the PECK Assessment Team to Kosovo* (Pristina, 14-18 April 2014)

The second on-site visit to assess the anti-corruption (AC) and anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) frameworks will take place in Pristina from 14 to 18 April 2014. The main purpose of the on-site visit is to conduct interviews with a wide range of authorities in order to verify and cross-examine replies provided to the AML/CFT 2nd cycle Questionnaire, as well as to collect additional information on the implementation of the 1st cycle recommendations for both AC and AML/CFT components. The information gathered during the on-site visit will help the Assessment Team to make a qualified and balanced judgment on the compliance of legal and institutional frameworks with international AC and AML/CFT standards, and together with the replies to the Questionnaire and additional information provided after the on-site visit, will serve as a basis for drafting Final Assessment Reports on Kosovo.


Activities in the past:

Workshop on data collection, maintenance and reporting of statistics for assessment purposes
(Pristina, 26-27 February 2014)

One of the deficiencies identified during the 1st assessment cycle was lack of statistics and/or lack of harmonisation of available statistics on economic crime between reporting institutions. In view of this, a second workshop on best practices and lessons learned by the Kosovo* authorities from the participation in the assessment process focused on data collection, maintenance and reporting of statistics for assessment purposes. About 50 representatives of all relevant institutions, including 7 basic courts and prosecution offices in Kosovo, participated in the workshop and provided information on the current state of play with regard to statistics in their respective institutions. Two Council of Europe experts presented good practices of crime record keeping (including methodology, legal basis and quality assurance) and production of reliable, interactive and integrated statistics for tracking and tracing economic crime cases based on the experience and practice in the UK and Netherlands.

Agenda English / Albanian
Presentation of Mr Edmond Dunga, PECK Advisor, Council of Europe
Presentation of Mr Steve Bond, Council of Europe Expert
Presentation of Mr Petrus V. Duyne, Council of Europe Expert
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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.


Activities in the past:
January - October 2013
February - December 2012

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PROJECT DOCUMENTATION & DELIVERIES

Project Summary
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Description of Action (DoA)
Technical Papers

ASSESSMENTS

Terms of Reference on the
  Assessment procedure
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Cycle I:
Assessment Report (AC)
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Assessment Report
  (AML/CFT)
  English/Albanian/Serbian

QUESTIONNAIRES

Cycle I:
Questionnaire (AC)
   English/Albanian/Serbian
Summary of
  Questionnaire (AC)
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Questionnaire (AML/CFT)
   English/Albanian/Serbian
Summary of
  Questionnaire
  (AML/CFT)
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Cycle II:
Questionnaire (AML/CFT)
   English/Albanian/Serbian

WORKPLAN/SCHEDULE

Workplan
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Assessment Schedule
  English/Albanian/Serbian

REPORT / REFERENCES

Inception Report
  English/Albanian/Serbian
Monthly Reports

PHOTO GALLERY

2014
2013
2012

CONTACTS

PECK-Project

Activities

January-October 2013
February-December 2012