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Council of Europe supports the strengthening of inter-agency cooperation in countering economic crimes

Prevalle, Kosovo* 8 - 9 November 2022
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The Council of Europe organised a workshop on “Inter-institutional cooperation and the use of financial intelligence and other relevant information in countering money laundering and financing of terrorism” which took place on 8 and 9 November 2022 within the framework of the joint European Union and Council of Europe “Project against Economic Crime in Kosovo” (PECK III).

The Workshop aimed at providing a platform for discussion on challenges and opportunities in the use of financial intelligence and all other relevant information for money laundering and terrorist financing investigations conducted by competent authorities.

The activity brought together participants from the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Police, Customs, Tax administration and Prosecutorial Council. In addition, representatives of Police and FIUs of Montenegro, Albania and North Macedonia participated and shared their knowledge and practical experiences.

Participants discussed the FIU’s support in domestic and international financial investigations. Through the facilitation of Council of Europe expert, the participants also exchanged on law enforcement’s experience in the access and use of financial intelligence and other relevant information for operational needs including typologies and good practices related to the appropriate use of financial intelligence as well as the ways to enhance cooperation mechanisms.

Moreover, the activity served to raise awareness on international standards regarding the characteristics of an effective system under Immediate Outcome 6[1] of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

The Council of Europe will provide further support to the involved institutions by contributing with guidance on the effective use of financial intelligence in investigations and prosecution of Money Laundering, the Financing of Terrorism (FT) and associated predicate offences.

The activity was organised within the framework of the “Project against Economic Crime in Kosovo” (PECK III), jointly funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.

 

[1] Financial intelligence and all other relevant information are appropriately used by competent authorities for money laundering and terrorist financing investigations and terrorist financing investigations.


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*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.