Albania

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The European Commission published a staff working report on Albania as part of the 2021 Communication on EU Enlargement Policy, assessing the country’s implementation of reforms as part of accession negotiations with the European Council.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe hosted a four-day seminar to assist financial crime professionals in Albania boost counterterrorist financing efforts.

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Important Facts

  • The U.S. State Department identifies Albania as a major money laundering jurisdiction. Albania is at significant risk for money laundering due to corruption, growing organized crime networks and weak legal and government institutions. The country has a large cash economy and informal sector, with significant money inflows from abroad in the form of remittances and diverse investments. Major proceeds-generating crimes in Albania include drug trafficking, tax evasion, and smuggling, arms trafficking and counterfeiting. Real estate, business development projects and gaming are also popular methods for disguising illegal proceeds. Albanian organized crime organizations have links with European and South American networks. In addition, the country has a major black market for smuggled goods facilitated by weak border controls and customs enforcement. Albania has know-your-customer and suspicious transaction reporting requirements.
-Source: 2021 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR)

Rankings

FATF i | 2013 Methodology

Technical Effectiveness
Compliant : 5 High : 0
Largely Compliant : 27 Substantial : 2
Partially Compliant : 7 Moderate : 7
Non-Compliant : 0 Low : 2
Not-Applicable : 1

Albania's technical compliance was re-rated in a May 25, 2021 follow-up report

BASEL i

Rank : 72/110
Score : 5.72

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL i

Rank : 104/180
Score : 36/100

Tax Justice Network i

Rank : N/A
Score : N/A