Project on Controlling Corruption through Law Enforcement and Prevention (CLEP)
Corruption in the Republic of Moldova continues to present a significant challenge for Moldovan authorities and remains one of the main impediments for development, affects many sectors of society and levels of government. In the field of money laundering and terrorism financing, there is a need for continuous reforms to bring institutions in line with European and international standards, along with solid capacity building. The Joint EU/CoE Project Controlling Corruption through Law Enforcement and Prevention (CLEP), is being implemented in line with the Council of Europe Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova (2017-2020). Its overall objective is to strengthen the anti-corruption framework in the Republic of Moldova in line with the Council of Europe’s conventions and other international treaties. The purpose of the Project is to support the reform of the anti-corruption regulatory framework and relevant institutions in line with European and international standards and re-enforce national and international co-operation of specialised law enforcement and prevention systems. It will assist Moldovan institutions in the following areas:
- Addressing gaps in the legislative and regulatory framework;
- Carrying out capacity building initiatives on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering;
- Supporting the establishment and functioning of the new assets recovery framework;
- Upgrading information sharing systems;
- Increasing national and international cooperation of law enforcement agencies;
- Increasing public awareness and participation (especially media and civil society).
The Joint Programme Agreement for CLEP was signed in May 2017 between the Council of Europe and the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Moldova. CLEP started on 1 June 2017, with a duration of 36 months and a budget of 2,225,000 Euro (EU funds: 89.89% and CoE funds: 10.11%).
CLEP will work with the National Anti-Corruption Centre, the National Integrity Authority, the Ministry of Justice, the General Prosecution Office, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions and supervisors, the Police Academy, the Centre for State Informational Resources, the Public Procurement Agency, the Customs Service, the High Judicial Council, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Internal Protection and Anti-Corruption Services, the National Bank of the Republic of Moldova, the National Justice Institute, the Office for Prevention and Fight Against Money Laundering, the Parliament, the Parliamentary Committee for National Security, Defence and Public Order, the Prosecution for Combating Organized Crime and Special Cases, the State Tax Inspectorate, the Supreme Council of Prosecutors, the Anti-Corruption Alliance, the Centre for Investigative Journalism, Transparency International (Republic of Moldova) and the Centre for Analysis and Prevention of Corruption.
In collaboration with the National Institute of Justice, the CLEP project organized a summer school on asset recovery for Moldovan judges and prosecutors (18 men and 4 women). Staff of the Asset Recovery Office of the Republic of Moldova presented the current national practices, while CoE experts...
In close co-operation with the Moldovan Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), CLEP organized a two-day training for Moldovan commercial banks (17 participants, 11 women and 6 men) focused on identification and analysis of suspicious transactions. The training programme focused on financial...
In collaboration with the Lawyers Training Centre of the Moldovan Bar Association, the CLEP Project organized a two-day training of trainers for lawyers on anti-money laundering (AML). The programme presented money laundering concepts, vulnerabilities specific to the Republic of Moldova, case...