Methodology

Anti-FinTer methodology incorporates key principles of recent relevant EU terrorism financing policies:

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EU Security Union Strategy

Action plan for a comprehensive Union policy on preventing money laundering and terrorism financing

5th anti-money laundering Directive

The project activities are structured in four main pillars:

Follow the money

The first one will focus on extending the current well-established “follow the money” financial investigation approach, by a) adopting the concept of “parallel financial investigations” (as introduced by FATF) that refers to conducting a financial investigation alongside, or in the context of, a (traditional) criminal investigation and b) introducing a novel “follow the actor” approach, i.e. a methodology that will put the focus on jointly analysing multiple financial investigations/cases, to reveal the identities of the same (group of) actors that are behind all these incidents (D2.1, M8).

Toolkit Development

In parallel, as the second pillar, the project will be developing the Toolkit and training environment to host all project analytical/investigative tools and the online platforms to support the subsequent training activities. The plan is to have this infrastructure ready for use by M12 (D3.3), in time for the execution of joint exercises in M18 and M23.

Training

The third pillar consists of training and joint exercises constitute the third project pillar, which will be conducted through Capture the Flag (CtF) exercises that make use of the project Toolkit and are extensively used in other domains (e.g. military) in a distributed environment with the support of project technical partners. In addition, we will employ the Hackathon methodology was pioneered by the ASGARD project and was considered highly useful by LEA participants. This approach enables instant feedback and an agile development approach that combines hands-on testing and requirements engineering during an intensive face-to-face event between stakeholders and developers. Hackathons supplement but do not replace regular training events; in addition, the project plans two “train-the-trainer” events, two online-training sessions, and three technical training sessions that precede each Hackathon to ensure the effectiveness of the Hackathon sessions.

Coordination

The final pillar consists of two horizontal activities, namely the Coordination of the project and the Dissemination and Communication activities. Project outcomes, policy recommendations and briefs will be distributed at the national, regional and EU levels also via the organisation of two (2) European Seminars (physical) and two (2) webinars (virtual), and the implementation of the project Knowledge Hub and associated stakeholder meetings.