Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe:

Building Regional Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism Capacity in South Eastern Europe


PROJECT DURATION:  December 2017 - December 2019



LOCATION: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Kosovo under UNSCR 1244




The specific objective of the Action is two-fold: (i) enhance the ability of the six Western Balkan jurisdictions to detect, deter and prosecute money laundering, financing of terrorism, including foreign terrorist fighters, in order to degrade organized crime and terrorism threats and (ii) enhance the ability of the six Western Balkan jurisdictions for interagency and international cooperation on anti-money laundering, combating terrorism financing and asset recovery, so as to reduce threats of transnational organized crime and terrorism. The Action is being conducted in conjunction with the EU-led Western Balkans Integrative Internal Security Governance initiative (IISG), precisely its Pillar II - the Western Balkan Counter Serious Crime initiative (WBCSCi). This initiative is aimed at coordinating and aligning efforts on the ground in the field of cross-border and organized crime including financial crimes and illicit financial flows in a strategic and logical manner so as to create effective synergies and reach sustainable impact. Increasing the capacity of South Eastern Europe through the Action to tackle financial crimes, illicit financial flows and financing of terrorism and improving regional cooperation will support the Western Balkans in addressing national and regional security threats with positive outcomes for Europe as a whole. These goals are based on the principles of sustainability and national ownership and evolve in accordance with Chapters 23 and 24 of the EU acquis communautaire within the scope of the Copenhagen criteria. The Action is being executed in close partnership with the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) in the form of a 24-month joint project on Capacity Building in Financial Investigations in South Eastern Europe.

Additionally, the Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU) of UNODC will be conducting an independent mid-term evaluation of Pillar II (WBCSCi) within the IISG mechanism under which the Action is being fulfilled. This independent mid-term evaluation will provide a framework for accountability and learning for the future implementation of activities under Pillar II and the IISG altogether and will focus on a number of criteria including design, relevance, effectiveness, sustainability, cooperation and partnerships, lessons learned and best practices.


The Action is to be achieved through three expected results:

  • Jurisdictions have increased capacities to conduct financial investigations;
  • Jurisdictions have increased capacities to cooperate at the inter-agency and international level in money laundering, terrorist financing investigations, and asset recovery cases;
  • Evaluation results used for improved accountability and learning;



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Mr. Alexandre Schmidt

UNODC Regional Representative for South Eastern Europe

Chief, UNODC Regional Section for Europe, West and Central Asia

Tel: +43 1 26060 4202