Explanatory meeting on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering assessments for Kosovo* authorities

Strasbourg, France 19-21 February 2018
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© Council of Europe

© Council of Europe

From 19 to 21 February 2018, the EU/CoE Joint Project against Economic Crime (PECK II) organised an explanatory meeting on the rules and methodology of the anti-corruption (AC) and anti-money laundering (AML) assessment process based on the GRECO and FATF/MONEYVAL assessment Methodologies for Kosovo* authorities. It gathered representatives of approximately 15 Kosovo* authorities, EU Office in Kosovo*, Council of Europe international experts and Project staff. Kosovo* beneficiary institutions represented at the meeting include the Anti-Corruption Agency, the Financial Intelligence Unit, Central Bank, judicial and prosecutorial council, state prosecution, relevant ministries, police, customs, tax administration and police inspectorate.

Council of Europe experts provided detailed presentations of respective reference standards, methodological aspects, current assessment practice as well as topics from respective sections of the AC and AML questionnaires. In addition, specific questions, contextual updates and related information was shared between the Kosovo* authorities and international experts/assessors.

The assessment process of Kosovo* compliance in both areas will be carried out during 2018 by the Council of Europe through PECK II Project. Component 1 (AC) will include relevant Council of Europe standards, other international standards and background documents selected under the Fifth Evaluation Round of GRECO. Component 2 (AML/CFT) will be based on the 2012 Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations and underlying standards and will use the 2013 Methodology for Assessing Compliance with the FATF Recommendations and the Effectiveness of AML/CFT Systems.

*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.