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Revision of the Fourth Anti-Money-Laundering Directive [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Angelos Delivorias (2nd edition),

Updated on 12.04.2018

Revision of the Fourth Anti-Money-Laundering Directive

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Directive (EU) 2015/849, which forms part of the EU regulatory framework to combat financial crime, has shown gaps in the light of recent terrorist attacks and various tax leaks. In this context, the European Commission proposed to amend the directive, along with Directive 2009/101/EC, to broaden their scope, lower thresholds benefiting from exemptions and provide for the creation of automated centralised mechanisms (e.g. central electronic data retrieval systems). The European Parliament and Council each put forward substantial modifications to the Commission proposal, including not amending the aforementioned Directive 2009/101/EC. These include: the obligation for Member States to provide data to the Commission on trusts and legal arrangements; specific professional secrecy obligations for staff working, or having worked for, competent authorities supervising credit and financial institutions; cooperation between competent authorities; or the obligation for Member States to provide Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) with access to information – including through registries or central electronic data retrieval systems – which allows the identification of any natural or legal person owning real estate. The agreement reached in trilogue negotiations now needs to be approved by the Parliament in plenary, and thereafter by the Council.

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Prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing: transparency of financial transactions and of corporate entities
Committees responsible: Economic and Monetary Affairs &
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (jointly responsible under Rule 55)
COM(2016) 450
5.7.2016procedure ref.: 2016/0208 (COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Rapporteurs: Krišjānis Kariņš (EPP, Latvia)

Judith Sargentini (Greens/EFA, the Netherlands)

Next steps expected: First-reading vote in plenary

Stage: vote in plenary

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