Effectively against Corruption and Financial Crime

Project completed

The project aims at a higher effectiveness in detecting and combating corruption as well as financial and economic crime by strengthening international cooperation and enhancing the capacities of the Czech police through training measures. Furthermore, the technical infrastructure will be improved and equipment necessary for successful investigation will be procured.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Czech Republic
Enhanced security and safety
Combating corruption and organised crime
01.05.2012 - 31.12.2016
CHF  470’145

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.


The successful detection and prosecution of corruption and financial crime is difficult and needs substantial resources. The Police and other law enforcement bodies of the Czech Republic are limited by national budgets and often cannot afford procuring adequate technology and equipment, thus making it easier for criminals to perpetrate crimes and to conceal proceeds from unlawful activities. The free movement of people, goods, services and money has further contributed to facilitate corruption and financial crimes. Experienced, qualified and well equipped personnel as well as close international cooperation are needed to effectively combat these problems.


The goal of the project is to enhance the successful detection and prosecution of corruption and serious financial and economic crime. This shall be achieved through strengthened capacities of the relevant police unit as well as through reinforced cooperation with the respective counterparts of neighbouring countries.

Target groups
  • Citizens of the Czech Republic and the EU/EFTA
  • Police of the Czech Republic

The project will finance capacity building through three study visits for 10 Czech experts to the relevant institutions in Germany and Slovakia, as well as through an international seminar for 50 experts. Furthermore, a 5-day training session for 50 police officers will be organised. In addition, necessary IT and technical equipment used for the establishment of an analytical centre as well as for criminal investigation and training measures will be procured. Finally, the existing corruption investigation guidelines will be reviewed and improved.


Achieved results:  

  • The project contributed to increased capacity for combating corruption and financial crime: the ratio of successfully investigated cases increased from 47% in 2011 to 55.3 % for financial crime, and from 74% to 86% for corruption.
  • The National Corruption Investigation Guideline has been reviewed based on experiences and best practises in other EU countries; it is used not only as methodological and training tool for the police, but also for state prosecutors and other experts in Czech Republic fighting against corruption and financial crimes.
  • Material conditions for effective and quick investigations are in place and functional.
  • International best practices were shared among 50 international and Czech experts; direct contacts between Czech investigators and experts in other EU countries were estblished for further cooperation.
  • 50 Czech police officers trained in newest methods for combating corruption and financial crime.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign state institution
  • National State Institute North

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    470’145 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    361’310
Project phases

Phase 1 01.05.2012 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)