The Council of Europe’s approach against corruption (AC) and anti-money laundering (AML) and Countering of Terrorist Financing (CFT) is threefold.

  • Standard setting in the form of treaty law and through other "soft law" instruments (recommendations and resolutions);
  • Monitoring of the compliance by those jurisdictions that have subscribed to Council of Europe’s and other global standards through its monitoring mechanisms, in particular the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) and the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL); and
  • Technical cooperation, as the last corner of the triangle, through which the Council of Europe supports the member states and nonmembers to bridge gaps in the legislative and institutional frameworks and in addressing any capacity building needs.

The technical cooperation and assistance related activities and programmes are implemented by the Economic Crime Cooperation Division.

In using standard-setting, monitoring, and technical assistance altogether, the Council of Europe as a Pan-European political organisation displays a unique added value in supporting significant reforms concerning economic crime, corruption and money laundering in many of its Members States and beyond in the neighbourhood regions.

Council of Europe presence, partnership and approach when involved in those reforms and cooperation modalities offers to the countries: access to experience and knowledge in mainstreaming their legislation in line with European acquis; sharing tools to effectively implement international standards; using the Council’s monitoring methodologies to address concerns in neighbouring regions; coordinating, supporting and hosting professional networks which promote better international co-operation in criminal matters (European Union/Council of Europe member States and other countries).

Such networks and exchange of good practices in implementing and monitoring international and European standards, have served to build capacities and create strong links among homologue practitioners, professionals and government structures that share common goals and objectives when tackling economic and organised crime and its cross-border effects.

Council of Europe - Standards and instruments


Anti-money laundering and terrorist financing

International Cooperation


Standard Settings

Other relevant European and international standards


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