MEDIA ADVISORY: Results of the “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019 - 2022” to be presented tomorrow

27 September 2022 Budva

The Regional Closing Conference of the joint programme of the European Union and Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019 - 2022” will take place on 27 - 28 September, in the Hotel Avala in Budva, Montenegro, starting from 09:30 CET. Opening remarks will be...

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The effectiveness of internal audits and administrative investigations to fight corruption

July 5-6, 2022 Tirana

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

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Updating the strategic framework for communication of the Agency for Prevention of Corruption in Montenegro

21 - 22 June 2022 Podgorica

Representatives of each sector of the Agency for Prevention of Corruption have participated in a two-day workshop on strategic planning of communications of the Agency, that took place on 21 - 22 June 2022 in Podgorica, Montenegro. The aim of the workshop is to assist the Agency in updating of...

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Sixth Steering Committee of the Action against economic Crime in Montenegro

21 June 2022 Podgorica

The Sixth Steering Committee meeting of the Action against economic crime in Montenegro took place on 21 June 2022 in Podgorica, Montenegro. The action, a joint endeavour of the European Union and Council of Europe, is part of the second phase of the “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans...

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Civil society organisations and public officials discuss the results of a regional risk assessment and the management of risks of terrorist financing using the non-profit-organisations sector

21 - 23 June 2022 Online

In an on-line conference on 21-23 June, public officials from the beneficiary jurisdictions and non-profit-organisations (NPO) came together to discuss how best to manage the risks of terrorist financing (TF) through the NPO sector in a way that is effective and remains mindful of the work and...

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EU-Council of Europe programme in Montenegro: results achieved over three years strengthened the rights and freedoms of people of Montenegro

16 June 2022 Podgorica

The number of requests for free legal aid in cases of domestic violence has increased by 113% in Montenegro within the last year. Young people have begun to take action against hate speech online. Guidelines of Good Conduct have been created for the high public officials in Montenegro to adhere...

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Albanian custom officers improve their skills in combating cash smuggling

15 June 2022 Tirana

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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Assisting authorities in drafting the legal framework for the regulation of lobbying in Montenegro

10 June 2022 Podgorica

The Working Group for the drafting of the Law on lobbying met on 27 May 2022 in the framework of the Action against economic crime in Montenegro. During the working session, the members of the group discussed the current state of the draft Law on lobbying that had been prepared with the...

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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

9 May 2022 Tirana

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...

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Discussing amendments to the legal framework on prevention of corruption with Montenegrin stakeholders

21 April 2022 Podgorica

Twenty-five representatives of institutions of Montenegro and civil society, participated in a Roundtable “Law on Prevention of Corruption: Position, competencies and powers of the Agency for Prevention of Corruption”, organised on 21 April 2022, in Podgorica, Montenegro. The objective of the...

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Advancing the fight against corruption and economic crime in the Western Balkans

January - March 2022 Western Balkans

Fighting corruption, money laundering and the financing of terrorism remain key challenges for public authorities in the Western Balkans and are an important component of the Horizontal Facility II programme’s assistance. The programme has supported public actors and stakeholders in their efforts...

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Video assessment mission on the Law on Prevention of Corruption: role, independency and powers of the Agency for Prevention of Corruption

16 March 2022 Montenegro

A series of meetings with stakeholders in the area of corruption prevention was held on 16 March 2022, within the joint European Union and Council of Europe Action against economic crime in Montenegro. Objective of the mission was to collect the information on implementation of Law on Prevention...

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Supervisory authorities of real estate sector in Montenegro are initiating implementation of the risk-based approach in supervision

17 March 2022 Podgorica

Workshop for supervisors of the real estate sector, construction, accountants and auditors on risk-based approach in supervision was held on 17 March 2022 in Podgorica. This activity was aimed at assisting authorities in finalising the questionnaire for reporting entities and risk matrix, which...

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Discussing potential pathways for legal regulation of virtual assets and virtual assets service providers with authorities of Montenegro

8 - 9 March 2022 Podgorica

Representatives of the institutions relevant for regulation of the virtual currencies and representatives of private sector, participated in a Workshop on regulatory framework for virtual assets and virtual assets service providers, organised on 8-9 March 2022, in Podgorica. The objective of this...

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PRESS RELEASE

Electronic System of Declaration of Assets and Conflict of Interests – preventing corruption through increased transparency of assets

28 February 2022 Tirana

The operationalisation of the Electronic System of Declaration of Assets and Conflict of Interests, as of 1 January 2022, provides for an efficient mechanism to fight corruption and to increase the transparency in the declaration and publication of assets of the elected persons and public...

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Fifth Steering Committee meeting of the Action against economic crime in Montenegro

1 February 2022 Podgorica

The fifth Steering Committee meeting of the joint European Union and Council of Europe Action against economic crime in Montenegro, implemented under the programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019 – 2022”, took place on 1 February 2022 in Podgorica. The Steering...

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Supporting Montenegrin authorities’ efforts to enhance regulatory framework for implementation of international restrictive measures

22 December 2022 Podgorica

Representatives of the institutions competent for the implementation of International Restrictive Measures participated in a meeting of the Working group for amending the Law on International Restrictive Measures, held on 22 December 2021 in Podgorica. During the meeting, the proposals for...

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Launching the sectorial risk assessment in Anti Money laundering/Countering Terrorism Financing supervision of real estate, investments and construction

21 December 2021 Podgorica

Within the joint European Union and Council of Europe Action against economic crime in Montenegro, the introductory workshop for the risk based supervision of real estate intermediaries and the construction sector took place on 21 December 2021 in Podgorica. The objective of this workshop was to...

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Discussions on the draft legal framework for establishment of the non-conviction-based confiscation in Montenegro

6 - 7 December 2021 Podgorica

During the meeting of the Working group for establishment of legal framework for combating illicit enrichment, held on 6-7 December 2021 in Podgorica, analysis of the draft legal framework for non-conviction-based confiscation and recommendations for its improvement were presented and discussed....

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The Case Management System for the Financial Intelligence Unit of Montenegro developed, and heads of departments trained on its use

29 November 2021 Podgorica

The training for use of Case Management System, recently developed within the Action against economic crime in Montenegro, was organised on 29 November 2021, for the heads of department of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of Montenegro. The training increased capacities of the participants...

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