The General Directorate for the Prevention of Money Laundering (GDPML) has continued to offer several trainings from the start of year 2014. These trainings aim to raise its subjects’ awareness about fulfilling their obligation according to the Law No. 9917 of 19.05.2008 “On the Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism”, amended, by emphasizing the subjects that have shown an insufficient level of fulfilling their obligation towards reporting of suspicious activities.

In this context, on January the 14th, the training “The System of Prevention of Money Laundering and the role of the Notary offices in the efforts against this phenomenon” took place in Fier, in cooperation with the Fier Chamber of Notaries. Attending this event were 43 notaries from the cities of Vlorë, Fier, Lushnje, Mallakastër, Skrapar and Kuçovë, whereas the GDPML was represented by Mr. Dritan Vakaj – Head of Inspection Sector and Mr. Pavli Gjika – Inspector. During this training the representatives from GDPML exposed for the notaries the legal obligations through theoretical and practical examples, in order to clearly explain the obligations to pursue the “Due vigilance”, “Extended vigilance”, “the Procedure of knowing your client” and mainly the obligation to report all suspicious transactions, which present anomalies, high monetary values, unusual or unjustified from a financial point of view.

Also the notaries were directed to continuously consult the GDPML official web page, which offers several publications of anomalies, indicators and various typologies of money laundering practices and is updated very often.

The wide and active participation of the subjects highlights their interest on the prevention of the money laundering and financing of terrorism and also the expectation that very soon the notaries will start to officially report on suspicious activities.