Financial Intelligence Agency

Historical Overview


Below are presented chronologically some of the main developments in the creation and institutional consolidation of the General Directorate of Prevention of Money Laundering.

May, 2000

The Albanian Parliament, based on the recommendation of the MONEYVAL Committee of the Council of Europe, approved Law no. 8610 dated 17.05.2000 “On the prevention of money laundering”

The Directorate of Coordination of the Fight Against Money Laundering (DBLKPP) is created in the Ministry of Finance

DBLKPP becomes a member with full rights in the Egmont Group, of the Financial Intelligence Units

The Coordination Directorate of the Fight Against Money Laundering is raised to the level of the General Directorate for the Prevention of Money Laundering (DPPPP), in the Ministry of Finance

Laws no. 9641, dated 20.11.2006, “On the ratification of the Convention of the Council of Europe “On the Prevention of Terrorism” and no. 9646, dated 27.11.2006 “On the ratification of the Convention of the Council of Europe “On the cleaning, search, capture and confiscation of the proceeds of crime and the financing of terrorism”

The twinning project with Germany’s Federal Criminal Office (BKA) began, which aimed to strengthen the capacities of the DPPPP and a number of other institutions involved in preventing and combating the laundering of the proceeds of crime and the financing of terrorism. This project is possible within the framework of the generous assistance of the EU Delegation in Tirana

The Albanian Parliament approved Law no. 9917, dated 19.05.2008, “On the prevention of money laundering and financing of terrorism”, which entered into force in September of the same year. By means of this law, the alignment of the Albanian legislation with the international recommendations of the FATF was aimed

The twinning project with Germany’s Federal Criminal Office ends

With Decision no. 1077, dated 27.10.2009, of the Council of Ministers, the National Strategic Document “On the investigation of financial crime” was approved, in the drafting of which DPPPP had a leading role

The IV round of the country evaluation process by the Moneyval Committee of the Council of Europe has started, in which DPPPP has played a prominent coordinating role with all local institutions

The KiE MONEYVAL Committee approved the 4th round report for Albania, which reflects the growing assessment of FATF Recommendation 26 and which is directly related to the activity of DPPPP as a Financial Intelligence Unit

The project of twinning with the Spanish authorities began in order to strengthen the institutional capacities of the institutions involved in the prevention and attack of the laundering of the proceeds of criminal offenses and the financing of terrorism, in which the DPPPP was a beneficiary institution. This project is possible within the framework of the generous assistance of the EU Delegation in Tirana

The document “On the national risk assessment of money laundering and terrorist financing” was completed and presented to the Coordination Committee of the Fight Against Money Laundering.

The twinning project with the Spanish authorities was completed

The Albanian Parliament approved the law No. 157/2013 “On measures against the financing of terrorism”, which ensured a better alignment with the international recommendations of the FATF in order to implement the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.

Albania completed the process of implementing FATF recommendations and is removed from the public list of countries with deficiencies in the field of money laundering and terrorist financing. DPPPP has played an active role in fulfilling the recommendations made in this process and coordinating the work with the institutions involved (Bank of Albania, Financial Supervision Authority, General Prosecutor’s Office, Ministry of Justice).

The revision of the national risk assessment for money laundering and terrorist financing, which includes the contribution of state institutions and the private sector, was completed.

The Moneyval Committee of KiE reviewed the progress made by our country in terms of the recommendations of the IV evaluation round and, based on the measures taken by the authorities, decided to terminate the enhanced supervision procedure

By Decision of the Council of Ministers, the announcement of the list of persons as terrorists was approved by internal procedure

The Albanian Parliament, within the framework of the justice reform, approved the law no. 44/2017 “On some changes and additions to the law no. 9917/2008, On the Prevention of Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism”

Based on the order no. 46 of the Prime Minister “On the approval of the structure and organization of the General Directorate for the Prevention of Money Laundering” and in order to strengthen the capacities of the institution, an increase of 11 employees has been realized in the personnel of the DPPPP

Within the framework of the process for the 5th round of evaluation of Albania, the evaluation experts of the Moneyval Committee of the Council of Europe visited the country

The Moneyval Committee approved the report of the 5th round of Albania’s assessment of the implementation of FATF’s international recommendations

The Committee for Coordinating the Fight Against Money Laundering (KBLKPP), under the direction of the Prime Minister, has approved the action plan within the Moneyval report, setting deadlines and responsible institutions for each measure.

Work has begun on the drafting of changes in the legislation for the prevention of money laundering and the financing of terrorism