Corruption remains high in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Governments have undertaken many reforms to tackle corruption. However, empirical data and perception surveys show a poor enforcement track record and that countries have not fully aligned their laws with the international standards. This report takes stock of the actions that countries in the region took to address corruption since 2016. It identifies progress achieved as well as remaining challenges that require further action by countries.

Corruption remains a major problem in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, threatening economic development and political stability as well as the credibility of governments. While some progress has been made in adopting anti-corruption laws in all five countries, the capture of important institutions by powerful interests is seriously undermining the effective enforcement of these laws.

ICAR attended the 19th Plenary of the Egmont Group on 11-15 July 2011 in Yerevan, Armenia.

In cooperation with the Operational and the IT Working Groups, ICAR gave presentations on the Asset Recovery Intelligence System (ARIS) which is already successfully deployed in a number of FIUs.

In addition ICAR, jointly with the Operational Working Group organised a workshop on combatting corruption and recovering stolen assets. The workshop has launched a long term project to identify and explore the role of the FIU in these areas.

Within the context of the “Engaged Citizenry for Responsible Governance” project, funded by the USAID, experts from the Basel Institute’s public governance division conducted two training workshops for representatives of civil society organizations (CSO) in Yerevan, Armenia, from 4 – 8 May 2015.