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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”. 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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Staff of the Albanian Central Election Commission, financial experts and auditors trained on using audit report template

23 February 2018 Tirana, Albania

Following the development of audit reports templates for the election campaign financial reports, financial expert monitoring reports and political party annual reports in early 2018, the Action against Economic Crime in Albania organised training for the staff of the Central Election Commission...

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Conference on “Electoral reform in Albania”

6 February 2018 Tirana, Albania

The Action against Economic Crime in Albania (AEC-AL) held a Conference on “Electoral reform: enhancing the legal and institutional framework on regulating political party and election campaign funding”. The conference was attended by the two co-chairs and members of the Ad-Hoc Committee on...

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Streamlining the interagency cooperation and exchange of information in Albania

23-24 January 2018 Tirana, Albania

Representatives from the Albanian State Police, General Directorate of Taxation, General Directorate of Customs, General Prosecution Office, District Prosecution Office and Council of Europe expert discussed the current legal and institutional framework and the practical approaches in the...

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