New projects launched in the areas of Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism supervision and the EU sanctions regime

June 2022 Strasbourg, France

In June 2022, the Council of Europe and the European Commission Directorate General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM) have officially launched the implementation of two new joint Actions within the “Support to EU Member States in the implementation of reforms under the Technical Support...

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Practitioners from Financial Intelligence Units discuss good practices on strategic and operational analysis

20-22 September 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Economic Crime and Cooperation Division of the Council of Europe organised, on 20-22 September a workshop on “Comparative Solutions and Good Practices for Financial Intelligence Units on Strategic and Operational Analysis” for practitioners from Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) from over...

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Improving beneficial ownership transparency through peer-to-peer exchanges

7-8 September 2022 La Valletta, Malta

A delegation of nine representatives of the Serbian Ministry of Economy, Business Register Agency and the Administration for Prevention of Money Laundering, took part in a study visit to better understand the practices in the setup and implementation of beneficial ownership registries in Malta....

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Training for National Authorities on Combating Cash Smuggling in the Republic of North Macedonia

29-31 August 2022 Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

The Action against Economic Crime in North Macedonia organised a three-day training for fifteen public officials’ representatives from the Customs Office, Ministry of Interior, Financial Police, Financial Intelligence Office, Basic Prosecutors Office, as well as the Prosecutors Office for...

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Advising Serbian Authorities on Guidelines for Reporting of Suspicious Activities

25-26 August 2022 Vrdnik, serbia

A two-day workshop on Guidelines for reporting of suspicious activities and suspicious transactions reports took place in Vrdnik on 25 and 26 August 2022, within the project “Preventing Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in Serbia”, and gathered twenty representatives of relevant...

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Council of Europe strengthens the capacities of Kosovo* Police on the use and implementation of the whistleblowing protection mechanism

18-22 July 2022 Kosovo*

The Council of Europe/EU joint “Project against Economic Crime in Kosovo*” (PECK III) is supporting the Kosovo Police in implementing a comprehensive system of whistleblower protection within the institution. In this respect, over 200 police officers and employees of the Kosovo Police attended...

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The integrity of Moldovan self-administrative bodies of judges and prosecutors supported through enhanced open-source investigation

20-21 July 2022 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

Responding to a country-specific request from the pre-vetting Secretariat of the Republic of Moldova, the Regional Project Strengthening measures to prevent and combat economic crime offered a training on open-source investigation and web crawling to all newly appointed analysts of the...

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Serbian institutions started ML/TF Risk Assessment of the Real Estate sector

19-20 July 2022 Divcibare, Serbia

The project “Preventing Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in Serbia” is supporting the Working Group of the Ministry of Finance responsible to conduct the first Sectoral Money Laundering (ML)/Terrorism Financing (TF) Risk Assessment focusing on the real estate sector. According to the...

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Effective implementation of sanctions for AML/CFT breaches – bilateral exchange between Romanian and Spanish practitioners

19-20 July 2022 Bucharest, Romania

In parallel to the ongoing efforts aimed at supporting the Romanian authorities with the identification and implementation of specific mitigation measures and the development of the anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) Action Plan of Romania, the Council of...

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Training on international cooperation in the field of asset recovery for representatives of Kazakhstan’s law enforcement agencies

4-5 July 2022 Online

On 4-5 July 2022, the Council of Europe Economic Crime and Cooperation Division organised an online event on the “International Cooperation in the Field of Recovery of Proceeds of Crime” for representatives of the General Prosecutor’s Office, Academy of Law Enforcement Agencies under the General...

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Training Session on Management of Seized and Confiscated Assets for Representatives of Law Enforcement Agencies in Kyrgyzstan

13-15 July 2022 Online

Representatives of the General Prosecutor's Office, Center for Professional Training of Prosecutors and Investigators, Military Prosecutor's Office, Financial Intelligence Unit, Training and Methodological Center of the State Financial Intelligence Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the...

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Promoting effective ML/TF regulation and supervision framework for the NPO sector in Bulgaria

12 July 2022 Plovdiv, Bulgaria

As a part of the Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP) initiative for Bulgaria “Enhancing capabilities of Bulgarian authorities to effectively mitigate money laundering and terrorist financing risks”, the Council of Europe Economic Crime and Cooperation Division (ECCD), in cooperation with...

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Raising awareness on the NPO sector terrorist financing risk assessment process of Bulgaria

12 July 2022 Plovdiv, Bulgaria

On 12 July 2022, the Council of Europe's Economic Crime and Cooperation Division (ECCD) organised an awareness raising Workshop on the Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs)’ sector terrorist financing risk assessment process of Bulgaria, as a targeted outreach activity towards the NPO representatives...

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Training session on international cooperation in the field of recovery of proceeds of crime for representatives of state authorities in Kyrgyzstan

6-7 July 2022 Online

On 6-7 July, the Economic Crime and Cooperation Division organized an online event on the “International Cooperation in the Field of Recovery of Proceeds of Crime” for the representatives of the Supreme Court, Ministry of Internal Affairs, General Prosecutor’s Office, State Committee on National...

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Romanian competent authorities trained on conducting financial investigations of money laundering cases

06 - 07 July 2022 Bucharest, Romania

While supporting Romanian authorities with the development of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Action Plan of Romania, the Council of Europe Economic Crime and Cooperation Division (ECCD) is also assisting Romanian authorities with implementing...

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Albanian public officials advance the effectiveness of internal audits and administrative investigations to fight corruption

5 - 6 July 2022 Tirana, Albania

The fight against corruption constitutes a national priority in strengthening the democracy and rule of law in Albania, as well as its integration in the European Union. This effort requires a comprehensive legal framework; well-equipped public authorities; and effective inter-institutional...

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Training on investigating and prosecuting terrorist financing cases for Romanian competent authorities

4-5 July 2022 Bucharest, Romania

Romanian authorities have recently finalised the country’s first Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (ML/TF) National Risk Assessment, following the Council of Europe’s Methodology, with support from the Economic Crime and Cooperation Division (ECCD) of the Council of Europe. While the...

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The Asset Declaration Unit in North Macedonia better equipped in managing money laundering and corruption risks in awarding credits

04 - 05 July 2022 Skopje, North Macedonia

All members of the staff of the Asset Declaration Unit of the State Commission for the Prevention of Corruption of North Macedonia, joined the Action Against Economic Crime training on “Identifying, Analysing and Managing the Risks of Corruption and Money Laundering in the Awarding of Loans and...

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Armenia adopts a model Code of Conduct for Public Servants

4 July 2022 Yerevan, Armenia

In 2022, Armenian authorities adopted a Model Code of Conduct for Public Servants, developed by the Council of Europe, in cooperation with the Corruption Prevention Commission of Armenia (CPC), within the framework of the PGGII Project on “Strengthening institutional capacities to fight and...

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Workshop to discuss legislative framework for international judicial cooperation organised in Ankara

4 July 2022 Ankara, TÜRKIYE

On 4 July 2022, a workshop was organised within the scope of the EU/Council of Europe Joint Project “Improving International Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters in Turkey” in Ankara, bringing together the representatives of the Turkish Ministry of Justice, judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and...

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