Anesa Agovic Ivica Simonovski Vanja Petrovic Dardan Kocani

Illicit financial flows in the WB6 - new trends and dynamics

A Talk by Vanja Petrovic , Dardan Kocani , Ivica Simonovski and Anesa Agovic

About this Talk

The damaging impact of illicit financial flows (IFFs) on the Western Balkans is not new. Recent assessments of IFFs in the Western Balkans by the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) confirmed how the widespread corruption and the growth of criminal organizations and tax evasion continue to facilitate the spread of IFFs across the region. Forms of transferring and investing illicit money are numerous and reports suggest that methods are becoming increasingly more sophisticated.

Questions are sometimes asked such as “what do IFFs have to do with civil society”, or “what can civil society do about it?” This is the reason why GI-TOC is implementing a project funded by the GIZ to increase knowledge on the issue of IFFs and call upon civil society, media and academia join efforts in countering IFFs. During our panel, the researchers will present updated findings on the Western Balkans with recommendations for future actions in curbing enablers of illicit financial flows. 

18 October 2023, 01:00 PM

01:00 PM - 02:15 PM

About The Speakers

Vanja Petrovic

Vanja Petrovic

Programme Manager, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime

Programme Manager, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime


Dardan Kocani

Dardan Kocani

Field Coordinator for Kosovo, GITOC

Former senior officer of Ministry of Interior and current researcher at GI-TOC with extensive experience in the field of public safety and security.


Ivica Simonovski

Ivica Simonovski

Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Expert

Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Expert & Lecturer in Defense Institute for International Legal Studies, USA


Anesa Agovic

Anesa Agovic

Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

A researcher with a journalist background with long-standing experience in civil society, with expertise in topics of security, interested in illicit financial flows.