Horizontal FacilityThe 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 Council of Europe and EU Policy priorities in the context of the Western Balkans and Turkey and on the Council of Europe 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. Phase I of the Horizontal Facility begun on 24 May 2016 and lasted until 24 May 2019. It is succeeded by Phase II of the Horizontal facility which is planned to last until 24 May 2022. 

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Albanian custom officers improve their skills in combating cash smuggling

17 May 2022 Durres, Albania

The physical transportation of cash across borders continues to be one of the oldest and most basic channels of money laundering, and it is still widespread in Albania and in the region. On 17 May 2022, in Durres (Albania), the Action against Economic Crime in Albania trained 20 representatives...

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Albanian authorities become better equipped to implement the recommendations of the group of states against corruption (GRECO) and to report progress

09 May 2022 Tirana, Albania

The evaluations and subsequent recommendations of the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption monitoring body, the Group of State Against Corruption (GRECO), are instrumental in advancing legal and institutional reforms for preventing corruption. To support Albanian authorities to better follow-up on...

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Improving the electoral campaign finances and decriminalisation process in view of the future election reform in Albania

15 december 2021 Tirana, Albania

Political commitment to fully implement electoral legislation in good faith is a key element of successful elections and a successful electoral reform requires broad consensus, extensive public consultations with all relevant stakeholders, dialogue and close co-operation of all actors. This was...

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