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Presentation and conclusion of the project “Enhancing capacities of the Kosovo Police to fight high level corruption”

On December 17, 2015 in hotel “Sirius”, in Prishtina, Department for Security and Public Safety of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and German Embassy in Prishtina concluded closing ceremony of the project “Capacity development of the Kosovo Police in combating high level corruption “. Based on strategic documents and the priorities set by the Kosovo institutions, this project was funded by the German Government and implemented by OSCE Mission in Kosovo. The project started from April and lasted until December 2015. More specifically, the project aimed facilitating the strengthening of the capacity of “core group” of Kosovo Police investigators and prosecutors from the Special Prosecutors’ Office (Special Anti-corruption Task Force) to effectively and efficiently investigate criminal cases related to high -level corruption. In this regard in the project were invited also relevant institutions and agencies such as: Anti-Corruption Agency, Financial Intelligence Unit, Tax Administration, Central Bank, Procurement Review Body, Public Procurement Regulatory Commission, Kosovo Customs, and Privatization Agency of Kosovo. During the ceremony we presented the achievements of the project and participants have been awarded with certificates. As project manager it was my pleasure to share with all guests the findings and recommendations how to strengthen the fight against high level corruption in Kosovo.  ...

Interview

Security Community is the OSCE’s quarterly magazine. Debate, analysis and information on OSCE-related security issues. Interview (page 26-27)

Experts Explore Ways to Counter Violent Extremism

The international community must be resolute in implementing Security Council       resolution 2178 (2014) and countering and preventing violent extremism and               radical ideology that lead to terrorism, CTED told an international conference of         policymakers and practitioners. The conference, held in Tel Aviv from 9 to 11             November 2015, attracted more than 130 policymakers and practitioners from 34     countries, as well as representatives of relevant UN agencies and international and regional organizations. “The global terrorism landscape has evolved rapidly over recent years” Mr. Weixiong Chen, CTED Deputy Executive Director, told the opening session. ISIL continued to extend its influence, while other terrorist cells, affiliates and splinter continued to target women and children for recruitment. Terrorists were increasingly using improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Foreign terrorist fighters were using “broken” travel patterns to elude detection and were abusing the Internet and other modern communication technologies for terrorist recruitment, incitement, financing, radicalization and propaganda. “We must be proactive in prevention, rather than merely responding”, Mr. Chen stressed. The discussions focused on trends and lessons learned in countering radicalization and violent extremism leading to terrorism, the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes, the response of the criminal justice system, the rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremist offenders, and the phenomenon of terrorists acting alone or in small cells....
Seminar on financial crime investigation, asset seizure/forfeiture, tax fraud investigation, and money laundering – Village Bogaj, Pejë-Kosovo May 2015

Seminar on financial crime investigation, asset seizure/forfeiture, tax fraud investigation, and money laundering – Village Bogaj, Pejë-Kosovo May 2015

As part of its extra budgetary project to enhance the capacities of Kosovo Police in combating high level corruption, a three-day seminar on financial crime investigation, asset seizure/forfeiture, tax fraud investigation, and money laundering was organized by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo from 5 to 7 May in the Peja region. The goal of the seminar was to discuss international and European Union (EU) practices in fighting corruption in line with international standards and EU legislation in financial and proactive investigation. The event gathered representatives of the Kosovo Police, Special Prosecution Office, Tax Administration, Financial Intelligence Unit, and Agency for Managing Sequestrated and Confiscated Assets, Co-ordinator against Economic Crimes, president of the Basic Court in Prishtinë/Priština, as well as two international experts. Among several challenges and recommendations identified during the seminar, the participants agreed to incorporate the representatives of Kosovo Tax Administration, Financial Intelligence Unit, and Customs in the task force for investigation of high-level corruption with the aim to ensure efficiency in exchanging information, as well as to expedite the process of amending the Law on Money Laundering and Terrorist...
Roundtable related to investigating high level corruption

Roundtable related to investigating high level corruption

Another two-day roundtable dealing with the legal aspects in investigating high level corruption was organized by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo from 29 to 30 April in Prishtinë. The goal of this roundtable was to have the legal gaps and discrepancies between European Union standards, Kosovo laws and sublegal acts discussed among the respective stakeholders. In addition, it aimed to identify operational pitfalls, namely to identify gaps in co-operation between prosecution on one hand, and other investigative bodies on the other, which would lead to a higher rate of persons indicted and criminal assets...
Roundtable on preventing violent extremism and radicalism that may lead to terrorism

Roundtable on preventing violent extremism and radicalism that may lead to terrorism

27-28 April 2015 The OSCE Mission in Kosovo and the Office of the Prime Minister organized a two day roundtable meeting to lay the groundwork for the strategy and action plan against Violent Extremism and Radicalism that may Lead to Terrorism (VERLT). Representatives of Kosovo institutions, international organizations, religious communities, civil society, public safety forums, and the media discussed the current situation and challenges related to extremism and radicalism, the reasons for involvement of Kosovo residents in conflicts abroad and the role of media, religious communities, civil society and women in preventing these...
OSCE Mission launched  the project on strengthening Kosovo Police capacities to combat high-level corruption.

OSCE Mission launched the project on strengthening Kosovo Police capacities to combat high-level corruption.

PRISHTINË, 13 April 2015 – The OSCE Mission in Kosovo and the German Embassy launched a project later today to support Kosovo Police in combating high-level corruption. The project, funded by the German Government and to be implemented by the OSCE Mission, envisages the establishment of a core group of criminal investigators and prosecutors of the Kosovo Police and Special Prosecution Office and the strengthening of their capacities to investigate high-level corruption cases in an effective and efficient manner. Representatives of other institutions and agencies responsible for preventing and combating high-level corruption, such as the Anti-Corruption Agency, Financial Intelligence Unit, Tax Administration, etc.. will also attend the project’s activities, including training, roundtable discussions, study visits and regional conferences....

Job Opportunities

Dear International colleagues. The OSCE Mission in Kosovo is creating a roster of suitable International candidates for providing temporary expert/consultancy services within the scope of its planned 2015 programmatic activities. Feel free to share it. Closing Date of application 16-03-2015 Job Details....