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Policy Platform| Anti-money laundering in Albania – What role for civil society?

Anti-money laundering in Albania – What role for civil society?

Tirana, 25 June 2021 – In the context of  the “Policy Platform: Moving forward on the Albania’s EU integration agenda”, IDM organized its first forum, discussing money laundering prevention in the case of Albania. The Forum which took place on June 25th, brought greater awareness and knowledge about anti-money laundering (AML) among non-state stakeholders (media, academia and CSOs) involved in prevention and fight of grand corruption and organized crime, while simultaneously encouraging a candid discussion on the need for improvements in the AML legal and institutional framework.  

The event was moderated by Mr. Sotiraq Hroni, who also delivered the introductory speech for the event, alongside HSS Representative, Mrs. Nertila Mosko. IDM Senior Expert, Gjergji Vurmo presented a Policy Insight, contextualizing the audience on the role of non-state actors in AML. Click here to read the Policy Insight.  

 Experts Karel Lannoo, CEO & senior AML Expert of CEPS Brussels and Dr. Ramandeep Chhina, International AML/CFT Consultant further provided the audience with an overview of global challenges in the fight against money laundering and the role for academia. Further enriching the discussion, Mr. Aurélien Juliard, Justice and Home Affairs Policy Officer, at the Delegation of the European Union to Albania outlined the expectations that Albania needs to fulfill in order to increase accountability on the implementation of the EU integration related reforms. Kristina Voko, Director of BIRN Albania engaged the audience in a discussion about synergies between CSOs and media in exposing money laundering. 

This Forum was organized with the support of the Hanns-Seidel Foundation, Tirana Office. The views expressed in the publication and report represent the opinions and analysis of the participants and do not necessarily reflect those of the Foundation. 

For more on this topic, read the event report below.