PECK Project Closing Conference
(Pristina, Kosovo, 28 April 2015)
The European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe (CoE) Joint Project against Economic Crime in Kosovo (PECK) will hold its Closing Conference on 28 April 2015 in Pristina. The Project, co-funded by the EU and CoE and implemented by the CoE, aims to strengthen the capacities of Kosovo institutions to prevent and fight corruption, money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
The Conference will present the key findings and recommendations of the Final Assessment Reports on Kosovo's compliance with international standards in the areas of Anti-Corruption (AC) and Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT). The Conference will also reflect on project outcomes, lessons learned from the assessment exercise and future follow-up. It will bring together ministerial and other high-level representatives of relevant domestic institutions, international experts, representatives of key stakeholders on the part of international organisations, the industry and civil society.
The Assessment Reports represent the most comprehensive evaluation of law, policy and practice in the AC and AML/CFT areas that has ever been carried out in Kosovo. They have been prepared on the basis of GRECO and MONEYVAL assessment methodologies specifically tailored for Kosovo, over the two successive cycles carried out during 2012-2014. The Reports seek to provide concrete guidance to the authorities in their efforts to strengthen institutional capacities and improve the legislative and regulatory framework in the areas of combating corruption, money laundering and the financing of terrorism. They also provide a sound baseline for streamlining international technical assistance to Kosovo in the economic crime area.
The publication of the Assessment Reports marks the end of the first phase of the Project. The second phase (PECKII) is envisaged to begin later this year and will ensure the continuity of the assessment process combined with targeted technical assistance to address the shortcomings and deficiencies identified in the first phase.
Support to the revision of the AML/CFT Law
(Pristina, Kosovo, 25-27 March 2015)
The revision of the Kosovo AML/CFT Law was the focus of a new round of consultations between local and international experts. On 25-26 March 2015, PECK experts held bilateral meetings with the main stakeholders: Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and Central Bank of Kosovo (CBK), as well as the Department for Registration and Liaison with NGOs (DRLNGO) to discuss the first draft amendments to the law and assist with further drafting. Furthermore, on 27 March 2015 the PECK Project organised a meeting of the Working Group set up by Ministry of Finance for the revision process in order to further discuss outstanding issues and ways of addressing identified shortcomings. In their presentations and discussions, PECK experts made concrete proposals and recommendations for improving the current draft and advancing the drafting process in order to meet relevant international standards. It was agreed that the revised draft law will be submitted to the PECK experts for review and comments by the end of April 2015. The third on-site mission of PECK experts to finalise and present the draft law is scheduled for June 2015.
Support to the revision of the AML/CFT Law
PECK Project is assisting Kosovo authorities with comprehensive revision of the AML/CFT Law in order to improve its compliance with applicable European and international standards. This activity builds on the results and findings of the recent PECK assessment report and will also contribute to the implementation of the outstanding recommendations on the AML/CFT Law. To this end, the PECK Project engaged two international Council of Europe experts who will advise and assist a Working Group to be set up in near future with the revision of the AML/CFT law. On 11-12 December 2014, the experts held first bilateral meetings with key counterparts, including the Financial Intelligence Unit, Central Bank of Kosovo, EUO, civil society and industry representatives. A Technical Meeting with members of a future Working Group was also held with the aim to discuss the deficiencies identified in PECK assessment reports, other domestic and international documents, and through the consultation process launched by the FIU in November 2014. It was agreed that the first draft amendments to the AML/CFT law will be prepared and submitted to the Working Group and CoE experts for review and comments by mid-January 2015. The second onsite visit of the CoE experts to review and discuss the consolidated draft amendments and comments of the Working Group is tentatively scheduled for mid-February with the aim to have the final draft ready by the end of March 2015.
PECK Plenary Meeting to adopt the 2nd cycle AC and AML/CFT assessment reports
(Pristina, Kosovo, 2-3 December 2014)
The 2nd cycle Assessment Reports on the compliance of Kosovo with international standards in anti-corruption (AC) and anti-money laundering/combating terrorism financing (AML/CFT) areas prepared on the basis of GRECO and FATF/Moneyval methodologies were discussed and officially adopted at the Plenary meeting held in Pristina on 2-3 December 2014. About 65 representatives of relevant beneficiary institutions, international experts, representatives of key stakeholders on the part of international organisations, private sector and civil society attended the meeting and participated in fruitful discussions. The adoption of the Assessment Reports marks the completion of the assessment exercise carried out by the Project in two cycles in the period of September 2012 to December 2014.
The reports are currently being finalised in light of the comments and changes agreed during the Plenary meeting, and will be proofread in English and Albanian, and translated into Serbian. The finalised Assessment Reports in English, Albanian and Serbian will be submitted to the Kosovo authorities and published on the Project website in February 2015. The beneficiary institutions will be requested to publish the reports on their respective websites as well. In addition, the Assessment Reports will be presented and widely disseminated to all relevant stakeholders, including representatives of international organisations, private sector and civil society at the High-level visibility event planned to take place in Pristina in March 2015 in conjunction with the Project Closing Conference.
notes of Mr A. Forde,
Head of the Council of Europe Office in Pristina, a.i.
Mr Edmond Dunga, PECK Advisor,
Council of Europe;
Mr F. Denker, Council of Europe
Mr D. Galicic, Council of Europe
Mr JC Geiser, Council of Europe
Mr H. LaFerla, Council of Europe
F. Cottalorda, Council of Europe
Law enforcement and
Activities in the past:
- November 2014