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Co-ordination of the Action against Economic Crime in Montenegro

Podgorica 11 May 2017
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Co-ordination of the Action against Economic Crime in Montenegro

The second meeting of the Steering Committee of Action against Economic Crime gathered representatives of all beneficiary institutions of the Action, as well as representatives of the Delgation of the EU to Montenegro and Economic Crime and Cooperation Division, to discuss implementation of the activities, address possible risks and adopt an updated workplan.

The SCM members undelined the importance of the Action and the need for action in addressing the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL) and Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) recommendations by the authorities, with an emphasis on the anti-money laundering component of the Action in light of forthcoming MONEYVAL Plenary discussion of the progress achieved in Montenegro.  Representatives of Agency for Prevention of Corruption (APC), Agency for Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (APMLFT) and State Prosecution underlined their satisfaction with the implementation of the project activities and the progress achieved, noting that an earlier start of the implementation (beginning of 2016) would have been beneficial in terms of allowing time for implementation of proposed recommendations and reforms.

Based on the proposals from the APC and the AMPLFT, the Action’s workplan is supplemented with 5 additional activities aiming to strengthen capacities of two main beneficiaries: Agency for Prevention of Corruption and Administration for Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism, through assistance in creation of bylaws and trainings for the staff of these institutions.