The Central Bank of the Republic of Kosovo participated in the training program for the institutions of the Republic of Kosovo that deal with the fight against counterfeit money with special emphasis on euro banknotes and coins, which was organized on 20 and 21 September 2023 by the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), in partnership with the European Technical and Scientific Centre (ETSC) within the Office for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission (ECFIN), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Financial and Economic Crime Centre (EFECC) within EUROPOL.
In addition to the Central Bank of the Republic of Kosovo, this technical training was attended by staff representatives of almost all institutions that deal with the fight against counterfeit money in the Republic of Kosovo, such as the Kosovo Police, the Kosovo Forensic Agency, the Kosovo Customs and the Financial Intelligence Unit.
During this two-day program, experts from the aforementioned international institutions presented the security features of euro banknotes and coins as well as the aspects of the fight against counterfeit money, including the principles of international police cooperation and investigative techniques to combat counterfeiting and the distribution of counterfeit money in the Eurozone and in other countries.
The main goal of the training was to create close ties between local institutions and those of the European Union to better handle and fight financial losses and economic crimes that affect the economy of the Republic of Kosovo.
The Central Bank of the Republic of Kosovo remains deeply committed to supporting all activities and the fight against counterfeit money, as well as calls for increased caution in verifying cash, reducing its use by favoring electronic payment instruments.