Future activities under capacity building project of CEPOL-UNODC on financial investigations in South Eastern Europe discussed in Budapest

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18 December 2018

The third meeting of the national project focal points dedicated to the implementation of the joint UNODC – CEPOL project on capacity building on financial investigations on South Eastern Europe took place at CEPOL HQ in Budapest, today.

Overview of the accomplished results by this year’s activities, planning for 2019 and overview of the visibility actions and reporting mechanisms, were among the key topics discussed today by the representatives of both organisations.

Two years-long Financial Investigation In-Service Training Programme for the Western Balkans has been launched this year by CEPOL in close cooperation with the United Nations Office of Drugs & Crime (UNODC) and is funded by the European Union under the Instrument for Pre- Accession Assistance (IPA-2).

The primary beneficiaries are of these capacity building activities are Law Enforcement officials (police, customs, border police, prosecutors, tax investigators, Financial Intelligence Units) investigating serious and organised crime and carrying out financial investigations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

The project aims to develop the capacities and effectiveness of the fight against serious and organised crime by conducting financial investigations. Moreover, it also seeks to create a sustainable network across the region and with the EU Member States along the priorities of the EU Policy Cycle against serious and organised crime.

Organisers deliver truly tailor-made country level residential courses, webinars regional workshops and exchange programme for the Law enforcement and judicial officers of the WB countries.

The project has accomplished so far organisation of 3 national training sessions with totally 70 participants – covered topics on Financial Investigations related to

  • drug trafficking (Kosovo*, October 2018, general satisfaction level 93%),
  • illegal migrations (Albania, November 2018, general satisfaction level 100%),
  • organised crime and tax evasion (fYROM general satisfaction level 100% )

It has also organised two regional training for totally 84 participants on the topics of:

  • Financial Investigations related to terrorism financing and EU funds corruption and fraud – with general satisfaction of 100%

Eighteen participants from Western Balkans also took part in CEPOL’s exchange programme, 14 in CEPOL’s residential courses. Also, two dedicated webinars have been organised for this audience.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.



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