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The European Union and Council of Europe signed Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey (hereafter referred to as “Horizontal Facility”) on 23 May 2016. The Horizontal Facility builds on the CoE and EU Policy priorities in the context of the Western Balkans and Turkey and on the CoE expertise in standard-setting, monitoring and cooperation methodologies. It aims to improve implementation of key recommendations of relevant Council of Europe monitoring and advisory bodies in the areas indicated in the Statement of Intent signed on 1 April 2014 by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the European Union Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy.

In the field of fighting corruption, economic crime and organised crime, three country specific actions were designed to support tailored reform processes more specifically in Albania, Montenegro and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (Republic of North Macedonia as of 12 February 2019). Those actions will aim to improve implementation of key recommendations of the Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) and Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL), and to further strengthen institutional capacities regarding the code of conduct of public officials, whistleblower protection, financing of political parties and election campaigns and other measures to counter and prevent corruption; money laundering; the financing of terrorism in accordance with European standards, and as addressed by other Council of Europe intruments.

In each country the action will have a duration of 36 months with a total budget amounting up to 3 million Euros.

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Practitioners from North Macedonia discuss good practices with setting up beneficial ownership registries with colleagues from Belgium and Denmark

06-09 May 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia

Between 6 and 9 May 2019, the Horizontal Facility Action against Economic Crime in North Macedonia organised a peer exchange visit to Belgium and Denmark, for 10 representatives of the Financial Intelligence Office and the Central Register, responsible by law for the establishment of the...

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Supporting the updating the National AML/CFT Risk Assessment (NRA) in North Macedonia

2-4 April 2019 Ohrid, North Macedonia

Fifty representatives of the public and private sector gathered on 2-4 April 2019 in Ohrid, to jointly analyse data gathered related to money-laundering and terrorist financing threats and vulnerabilities in the country. During the three-day workshop participants worked in eight groups discussing...

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ECCD organises Strategic Analysis Course for financial analysts and law enforcement personnel from Albania, North Macedonia and Montenegro

9-11 April 2019 Podgorica, Montenegro

Twenty-six (26) financial analysts and law enforcement officials from Albania, North Macedonia, and Montenegro attended a three-day course on Strategic Analysis in Podgorica, Montenegro. The Strategic Analysis Course was based on training materials and exercises developed by the Egmont Group of...

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