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2016/0208(COD) 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

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead ECON KARIŅŠ Krišjānis (icon: PPE PPE), SARGENTINI Judith (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE) RADEV Emil (icon: PPE PPE), GOMES Ana (icon: S&D S&D), SIMON Peter (icon: S&D S&D), LUCKE Bernd (icon: ECR ECR), MACOVEI Monica (icon: ECR ECR), JEŽEK Petr (icon: ALDE ALDE), TORVALDS Nils (icon: ALDE ALDE), DE JONG Dennis (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), KARI Rina Ronja (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), SCHIRDEWAN Martin (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), GIEGOLD Sven (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), MEUTHEN Jörg (icon: EFDD EFDD), VALLI Marco (icon: EFDD EFDD)
Lead LIBE KARIŅŠ Krišjānis (icon: PPE PPE), SARGENTINI Judith (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE) RADEV Emil (icon: PPE PPE), GOMES Ana (icon: S&D S&D), SIMON Peter (icon: S&D S&D), LUCKE Bernd (icon: ECR ECR), MACOVEI Monica (icon: ECR ECR), JEŽEK Petr (icon: ALDE ALDE), TORVALDS Nils (icon: ALDE ALDE), DE JONG Dennis (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), KARI Rina Ronja (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), SCHIRDEWAN Martin (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), GIEGOLD Sven (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), MEUTHEN Jörg (icon: EFDD EFDD), VALLI Marco (icon: EFDD EFDD)
Committee Opinion DEVE SCHLEIN Elly (icon: S&D S&D) Nirj DEVA (icon: ECR ECR), Teresa JIMÉNEZ-BECERRIL BARRIO (icon: PPE PPE)
Committee Opinion INTA MAUREL Emmanuel (icon: S&D S&D) Santiago FISAS AYXELÀ (icon: PPE PPE), Sander LOONES (icon: ECR ECR)
Committee Opinion JURI CHRYSOGONOS Kostas (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
Committee Legal Basis Opinion JURI VOSS Axel (icon: PPE PPE) Enrico GASBARRA (icon: S&D S&D), Cecilia WIKSTRÖM (icon: ALDE ALDE)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
RoP 58, TFEU 050, TFEU 114

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2018/06/19
   Final act published in Official Journal
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PURPOSE: to enhance EU rules to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing.

LEGISLATIVE ACT: Directive (EU) 2018/843 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive (EU) 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing, and amending Directives 2009/138/EC and 2013/36/EU.

CONTENT: this Directive amending Directive (EU) 2015/849 is part of a Commission action plan to combat terrorist financing, drawn up in 2016 following a wave of terrorist attacks in Europe. It aims (i) to prevent the use of the financial system to finance criminal activities ; (ii) to strengthen transparency rules to prevent the concealment of funds on a large scale.

The main amendments made to Directive (EU) 2015/849 concern in particular the following points:

Scope : the revised Directive shall also apply to: (i) all forms of tax consultancy services, (ii) estate agents including when acting as intermediaries in the letting of immovable property, but only in relation to transactions for which the monthly rent amounts to EUR 10 000 or more; (iii) dealers of art where the value of the transaction amounts to EUR 10 000 or more.

For criminal activities within the meaning of the Directive, any type of criminal involvement in the commission of terrorist or terrorist offences, as well as the activities of criminal organisations, shall be considered to be criminal activities within the meaning of the Council Framework Decision 2008/841/JHA.

Risk assessment : the risk assessment report prepared by the Commission shall cover the risks associated with each relevant sector , including estimates of the money laundering volumes provided by Eurostat for each of these sectors, as well as the most widespread means used by criminals to launder illicit products.

Customer due diligence obligations : In particular, the revised Directive provides for customer due diligence obligations:

prohibiting their credit institutions and financial institutions from keeping anonymous accounts , anonymous passbooks or anonymous safe-deposit boxes. Member States shall, in any event, require that the owners and beneficiaries of existing anonymous accounts, anonymous passbooks or anonymous safe-deposit boxes be subject to customer due diligence measures no later than 10 January 2019; reducing the identification threshold for prepaid cardholders from the current EUR 250 to EUR 150 . Member States may decide not to accept payments made using anonymous prepaid cards on their territory; regarding virtual currency exchange platforms and storage portfolio providers. National financial intelligence units (FIUs) shall be able to obtain information allowing them to associate virtual currency addresses to the identity of the owner of virtual currency; enhancing due diligence obligations , for example in the case of transactions involving high-risk third countries as well as in other cases of higher risk: reporting entities will be required to examine, to the extent reasonable, the background and purpose of any transaction (i) if it is a complex transaction; (ii) if it is an unusually large transaction; (iii) it is carried out in an unusual pattern; (iv) it does not have an apparent economic or lawful purpose.

Information on beneficial owners : Member States shall ensure that corporate and other legal entities incorporated within their territory obtain and hold adequate, accurate and current information on their beneficial ownership.

The Directive provides for enhanced access to the registers of beneficial owners in order to increase transparency in the ownership of companies and trusts. The registers will also be interconnected to facilitate cooperation between Member States. Access to information on beneficial owners is provided as follows:

public access to information on beneficial owners concerning enterprises; access on the basis of ‘legitimate interest’ to information on beneficial owners concerning trusts and similar legal arrangements; to any person that files a written request in relation to a trust or similar legal arrangement which holds or owns a controlling interest in any corporate or other legal entity incorporated outside the Union.

Policy towards third countries : the Commission may adopt delegated acts to identify high-risk third countries, taking into account their strategic deficiencies in particular in the legal and institutional AML/CFT framework of the third country and the criminalisation of money laundering and terrorist financing.

Whistleblowers : individuals, including employees and representatives of the obliged entity who report suspicions of money laundering or terrorist financing internally or to the FIU, are legally protected from being exposed to threats, retaliatory or hostile action, and in particular from adverse or discriminatory employment actions.

Cooperation between FIUs : the Directive aims to improve the effectiveness of national FIUs by clearly clarifying their powers and cooperation between them. FIUs should have access to information and be able to exchange it without impediment, in particular through appropriate cooperation with law enforcement authorities. In all cases of suspected criminality and, in particular, in cases of terrorist financing, information should flow directly and promptly without undue delay.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 9.7.2018.

TRANSPOSITION: no later than 10.1.2020.

2018/06/06
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
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2018/05/30
   CSL - Draft final act
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2018/05/30
   CSL - Final act signed
2018/05/23
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2018/05/14
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
2018/05/14
   CSL - Council Meeting
2018/04/19
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2018/04/19
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
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The European Parliament adopted by 574 votes to 13, with 60 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive (EU) 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing and amending Directive 2009/101/EC.

The European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure amended the Commission proposal as follows:

Scope : Directive (EU) 2015/849 shall also apply to: (i) all forms of tax consultancy services, (ii) estate agents including when acting as intermediaries in the letting of immovable property, but only in relation to transactions for which the monthly rent amounts to EUR 10 000 or more; (iii) dealers of art where the value of the transaction amounts to EUR 10,000 or more.

For criminal activities within the meaning of the Directive, any type of criminal involvement in the commission of terrorist or terrorist offences, as well as the activities of criminal organisations, shall be considered to be criminal activities within the meaning of the Council Framework Decision 2008/841/JHA.

Risk assessment : the risk assessment report prepared by the Commission shall cover the risks associated with each relevant sector, including estimates of the money laundering volumes provided by Eurostat for each of these sectors, as well as the most widespread means used by criminals to launder illicit products.

Each Member States shall report the institutional structure and broad procedures of their anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing framework regime, including inter alia the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), tax authorities and prosecutors, as well as the allocated human and financial resources to the extent that this information is available.

Member States shall make the results of their risk assessments, including their updates, available to the Commission, the ESAs and the other Member States. A summary of the assessment shall be made publicly available.

Policy towards third countries : the Commission may adopt delegated acts to identify high-risk third countries, taking into account their strategic deficiencies, in particular as regards the legal and institutional framework of the third country in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.

Customer due diligence obligations : Member States shall prohibit their banks from keeping anonymous accounts , anonymous passbooks or anonymous safe-deposit boxes. Holders and beneficiaries of existing anonymous accounts shall be subject to customer due diligence measures at the latest six months after the date of entry into force of the amending Directive.

The amending Directive provides for a reduction of the identification threshold for prepaid cardholders from the current EUR 250 to EUR 150 . In addition, national FIUs would be able to obtain information enabling them to associate the addresses corresponding to the virtual currency with the identity of the owner of the virtual currency.

Whenever entering into a new business relationship with a corporate or other legal entity, or a trust or a legal arrangement having a structure or functions similar to trusts (ʽsimilar legal arrangementʼ) which are subject to the registration of beneficial ownership information, the obliged entities shall collect proof of registration or an excerpt of the register.

Enhanced due diligence obligations : Member States shall require obliged entities to examine, as far as reasonably possible, the background and purpose of all transactions that fulfil at least one of the following conditions: (i) they are complex transactions; (ii) they are unusually large transactions; (iii) they are conducted in an unusual pattern; (iv) they do not have an apparent economic or lawful purpose.

Information on beneficial owners : this information should be accessible in all cases to: (i) competent authorities and FIUs, without any restriction; (ii) obliged entities, in the context of customer due diligence; and (iii) any member of the general public .

The information accessible to natural or legal persons shall consist of the name, the month and year of birth and the country of residence and nationality of the beneficial owner, as well as nature and extent of beneficial interest held.

Access to beneficial ownership information of trusts and similar legal arrangements should be granted to any person that can demonstrate a legitimate interest .

Whistleblowers : individuals, including employees and representatives of the obliged entity who report suspicions of money laundering or terrorist financing internally or to the FIU, are legally protected from being exposed to threats, retaliatory or hostile action, and in particular from adverse or discriminatory employment actions.

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2018/04/18
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2018/01/30
   EP - Specific opinion
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2018/01/29
   EP - Approval in committee of the text agreed at 1st reading interinstitutional negotiations
2018/01/10
   EP - VOSS Axel (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in JURI
2017/12/20
   CSL - Coreper letter confirming interinstitutional agreement
2017/06/16
   CSL - Debate in Council
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2017/06/16
   CSL - Council Meeting
2017/03/09
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
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The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted the report by Krišjānis KARIŅŠ (EPP, LV) and Judith SARGENTINI (Greens/ EFA, NL) on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive (EU) 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing and amending Directive 2009/101/EC.

Scope : Directive (EU) 2015/849 shall also apply to: (i) auditors, external accountants and tax advisors, or any other persons offering tax-related services and advice; (ii) estate agents including letting agents; (iii) persons trading in works of art ; (iv) electronic money issuers and distributors.

Offences relating to direct taxes and indirect taxes as defined in the national law of the Member States shall also apply.

A shareholding of 10 % plus one share or an ownership interest of more than 10 % in the customer held by a natural person shall be an indication of direct ownership.

Third country policy : key transparency standards should be binding and guide the negotiation and renegotiation of Union trade agreements and partnerships. When negotiating any trade, association and partnership agreement between the Commission or any Member State and a high-risk third country, the following points should be taken into consideration:

the existence of robust systems to ensure that information on beneficial ownership of corporations and other entities or arrangements is available to competent authorities and the transparency of beneficial ownership information; the powers, procedures and political independence of the third country's competent authorities for the purposes of combating money laundering and terrorist financing; the effectiveness of the AML/CFT system in addressing money laundering or terrorist financing risks of the third country, including an analysis of governance indicators, such as control of corruption, government effectiveness, political stability and absence of violence/terrorism, regulatory quality, the rule of law and accountability; the exchange of information between competent authorities and EU Member States; measures in place to protect whistleblowers .

Trade partners should lose the benefits granted by trade agreements with the Union where they fail to respect relevant international standards, such as the Common Reporting Standard of the OECD, the Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting of the OECD and the central register of beneficial ownership.

Customer due diligence requirements : obliged entities shall apply customer due diligence requirements in the case of persons trading in goods or services , when carrying out occasional transactions in cash amounting to EUR 10 000.

Sensitive goods in the context of money laundering or terrorist financing comprise: oil, arms, precious metals, tobacco products, cultural artefacts and other items of archaeological, historical, cultural and religious importance, or rare scientific value, as well as ivory and protected species.

Member States shall require obliged entities to examine the background and purpose of all transactions that fulfil one of the following conditions: (i) they are complex transactions; (ii) they are unusually large transactions; (iii) they do not seem to have an entirely lawful purpose.

As regards anonymous prepaid cards , Members stated that they were in favour of reducing from EUR 250 to EUR 150 the threshold for payments.

Information on beneficial ownership : the information held in the central register of beneficial ownership shall be publicly accessible . The information shall consist of at least the name, the date of birth, the nationality, the country of residence, contact details (without disclosure of a home address), the nature and extent of the beneficial interest held of the beneficial owner.

All trusts and similar legal arrangements , including inter alia Treuhand, Stiftung, Privatstiftung, Usufruct Fiducia should be registered in the Member State(s) where they are created, administered or operated.

Access to the information on beneficial ownership shall be in accordance with data protection rules.

By 26 June 2019, the Commission shall assess the conditions and the technical specifications and procedures for ensuring safe and efficient interconnection of the central registries.

Automated centralised mechanisms : the amended text obliges Member States to put in place automated mechanisms such as central registers , which allow the identification of any natural or legal person holding or controlling: (i) land and buildings within their territory; (ii) life insurance contracts or investment related services such as insurance contracts with premium refund held within their territory.

Surveillance : Member States shall ensure that one competent authority operates as supervising AML/CFT authority, which shall be structurally independent . It shall ensure supervision and coordination of anti-money laundering activities. This authority shall serve as a contact point for the supervising AML/CFT authorities of the other Member States, the Commission and the ESAs.

Moreover, Commission experts shall carry out general and specific audits in the competent authorities of the Member States.

Cooperation between competent authorities : Member States shall ensure that competent authorities supervising credit and financial institutions, cooperate with each other to the greatest extent possible, regardless of their respective nature or status. Such competent authorities should have an adequate legal basis for exchanging confidential information and cooperate to the widest extent possible, consistent with the applicable international standards in this field.

In order to overcome the current cooperation difficulties which exist between national FIUs, the Commission shall present, by June 2017, a legislative proposal to create a European FIU that would coordinate, assist and support Member Sates FIUs.

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2017/02/28
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2017/02/28
   EP - Committee decision to open interinstitutional negotiations with report adopted in committee
2017/02/02
   EDPS - Document attached to the procedure
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Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on a Commission Proposal amending Directive (EU) 2015/849 and Directive 2009/101/EC - Access to beneficial ownership information and data protection implications.

As a reminder, the Commission proposal seeks to amend the anti-money laundering Directive and Directive 2009/101/EC in the fight against tax evasion, protection of investors and fight against abuses of the financial system. New amendments aim to bring the AML Directive up to speed with technical and financial innovation and new means to perform money laundering and terrorism financing.

The amendments, in particular, raise questions as to why certain forms of invasive personal data processing, acceptable in relation to anti-money laundering and fight against terrorism, are necessary out of those contexts and on whether they are proportionate.

The EDPS was not consulted before the adoption of the proposal. Its opinion was subsequently requested by the Council, which adopted on 19 December 2016 a compromise text on the proposal.

After having reviewed the impact of the proposal on fundamental rights as regards the respect for privacy and data protection, the EDPS considered that the proposal should:

ensure that any processing of personal data serve a legitimate, specific and well identified purpose and be linked to it by necessity and proportionality. The data controller performing personal data processing shall be identified and accountable for the compliance with data protection rules; ensure that any limitation on the exercise of the fundamental rights to privacy and data protection be provided for by law, respect their essence and, subject to the principle of proportionality, enacted only if necessary to achieve objectives of general interest recognised by the Union or the need to protect the rights and freedoms of others; ensure a proper assessment of the proportionality of the policy measures proposed in relation to the purposes sought, as emergency-based measures that are acceptable to tackle the risk of terrorist attacks might result excessive when applied to prevent the risk of tax evasion; put into place safeguards that would have granted a certain degree of proportionality (for example, in setting the conditions for access to information on financial transactions by FIUs); design access to beneficial ownership information in compliance with the principle of proportionality, inter alia, ensuring access only to entities who are in charge of enforcing the law.

2017/01/18
   EP - Committee opinion
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2016/12/19
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
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2016/12/19
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
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2016/12/19
   CZ_SENATE - Contribution
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2016/12/08
   EP - Committee opinion
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2016/12/06
   CSL - Debate in Council
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2016/12/06
   CSL - Council Meeting
2016/12/01
   EP - Committee opinion
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2016/11/11
   PT_PARLIAMENT - Contribution
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2016/11/08
   CSL - Debate in Council
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2016/11/08
   CSL - Council Meeting
2016/11/07
   EP - Committee draft report
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2016/10/21
   EP - SCHLEIN Elly (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in DEVE
2016/10/19
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
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2016/10/12
   ECB - European Central Bank: opinion, guideline, report
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Opinion of the European Central Bank (ECB) on a proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive (EU) 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing and amending Directive 2009/101/EC.

The European Central Bank received requests from the Council (on 19 August 2016) and the European Parliament (on 23 September 2016) respectively for an opinion on the abovementioned proposal.

The ECB made the following observations:

Regulation of virtual currency exchange platforms and custodian wallet providers : the proposed directive expands the list of obliged entities to which Directive (EU) 2015/849 of the European Parliament and of the Council applies in order to include providers engaged primarily and professionally in exchange services between ‘virtual currencies’ and ‘fiat currencies’ and wallet providers offering custodial services of credentials necessary to access virtual currencies.

The ECB strongly supported these provisions , which are in line with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations, given that terrorists and other criminal groups are currently able to transfer money within virtual currency networks by concealing the transfers or by benefiting from a certain degree of anonymity on such exchange platforms.

The ECB recognised that the technological advances relating to the distributed ledger technology underlying alternative means of payment, such as virtual currencies, may have the potential to increase the efficiency, reach and choice of payment and transfer methods. It considered that while it is appropriate for the Union legislative bodies, consistent with the FATF's recommendations, to regulate virtual currencies from the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing perspectives, they should not seek in this particular context to promote a wider use of virtual currencies .

The ECB suggested adapting the definition of virtual currencies under the proposed directive by making it clear that virtual currencies are not legally established currencies. It also referred to other possible uses of virtual currencies such as store-of-value products for savings or investment purposes.

Central registers of bank and payment accounts : the proposed directive requires Member States to put in place centralised automated mechanisms or central electronic data retrieval systems, which would allow the identification, in a timely manner, of any natural or legal persons holding or controlling payment accounts and bank accounts held by a credit institution within their territory.

The ECB considered the task of establishing a central register to clearly be a government task since its purpose is to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism. It emphasised that, in taking up the task of operating a central register of accounts, the national legislation implementing the proposed directive should include a cost recovery mechanism with explicit procedures for monitoring, allocating and invoicing all costs incurred by the national central banks (NCBs) that are associated with operating and granting access to the central register.

2016/10/12
   RO_CHAMBER - Contribution
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2016/10/12
   EP - MAUREL Emmanuel (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in INTA
2016/10/12
   EP - CHRYSOGONOS Kostas (GUE/NGL) appointed as rapporteur in JURI
2016/10/06
   EP - Referral to joint committee announced in Parliament
2016/09/12
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2016/07/12
   CSL - Debate in Council
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2016/07/12
   CSL - Council Meeting
2016/07/06
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2016/07/06
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2016/07/05
   EC - Legislative proposal published
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PURPOSE: to enhance transparency in order to fight against terrorist financing, tax evasion money laundering.

PROPOSED ACT: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides following the ordinary legislative procedure on an equal footing with Council.

BACKGROUND: Directive (EU) 2015/849 of the European Parliament and the Council constitutes the main legal instrument in the prevention of the use of the Union's financial system for the purposes of money laundering and terrorist financing. That Directive must be transposed by 26 June 2017.

Recent terrorist attacks have brought to light emerging new trends, in particular regarding the way terrorist groups finance and conduct their operations.

Currently, gaps still exist in the oversight of the many financial means used by terrorists, from cash and trade in cultural artefacts to virtual currencies and anonymous pre-paid cards.

In addition to terrorist financing issues, offshore jurisdictions are often used as locations of intermediary entities that distance the real owner from the assets owned, often to avoid or evade tax.

On 2 February 2016, the Commission presented an action plan for strengthening the fight against terrorist financing which underscores the need to adapt to new threats and to improve the present framework to that effect.

On 22 April 2016 the informal ECOFIN Council also called for action in particular to: (i) enhance the accessibility of beneficial ownership registers, (ii) clarify the registration requirements for trusts, (iii) speed up the interconnection of national beneficial ownership registers, (iv) promote automatic exchange of information on beneficial ownership, and (v) strengthen customer due diligence rules

In its resolution of 16 December 2015 , the European Parliament had already stressed that improved transparency, coordination and convergence in relation to corporate tax policies provides an effective framework to guarantee fair competition between firms in the Union and protect state budgets from adverse outcomes.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: the Impact Assessment draws on relevant reports issued by Union and international organisations such as the European Banking Authority (EBA), the European Central Bank (ECB), Europol, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), and the FATF.

The need to formulate specific regulatory provisions was retained as essential and as being the most appropriate option.

CONTENT: the proposal sets out a series of measures to better counter the financing of terrorism and to ensure increased transparency of financial transactions and of corporate entities under the preventive legal framework in place in the Union, namely Directive (EU) 2015/849 (the "4AMLD"). It also sets out certain consequential changes to the relevant company law rules under Directive 2009/101/EC.

The amendments to the 4AMLD relate to the following points:

Designate virtual currency exchange platforms as obliged entities : in order to improve the detection of suspicious virtual currency transactions, it is proposed to include virtual currency exchange platforms as well as custodian wallet providers within the scope of the Directive. Set lower maximum transaction limits for certain pre-paid instruments : it is proposed to suppress anonymity for the online use of reloadable and non-reloadable prepaid cards, and reduce the existing EUR 250 threshold for anonymous prepaid cards to EUR 150 when used face-to-face. Enable Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) to request information on money laundering and terrorist financing from any obliged entity : the proposal clarifies the FIUs' mandate to request supplementary information from any obliged entity and have direct access to information held by obliged entities. Enable FIUs and competent authorities to identify holders of bank and payment accounts : the Commission proposes to require Member States to set up automated centralised mechanisms - such as a central registry or an electronic data retrieval system – at Member State level, allowing for the swift identification of account holders. This mechanism would be directly accessible to national FIUs and potentially other competent authorities active in the field of anti-money laundering or counter-terrorist financing. Harmonise the EU approach towards high-risk third countries : it is proposed to modify the 4AMLD by providing a prescriptive list of enhanced customer due diligence measures to be applied by obliged entities, combined with an illustrative list of countermeasures that could be applied when dealing with high-risk third countries designated by the Commission. Improve access to the beneficial ownership registers : Member States will make public certain information of the beneficial ownership registers on companies and business-related trusts. Information on all other trusts will be included in the national registers and available to parties who can show a legitimate interest. The beneficial owners who have 10% ownership in certain companies that present a risk of being used for money laundering and tax evasion will be included in the registries. The threshold remains at 25% for all other companies. Interconnection of the registers : the proposal provides for the direct interconnection of the registers to facilitate cooperation between Member States.

Extending the information available to authorities : the Commission proposes that existing, as well as new, accounts should be subject to due diligence controls.

2016/06/15
   EP - KARIŅŠ Krišjānis (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in ECON
2016/06/15
   EP - SARGENTINI Judith (Verts/ALE) appointed as rapporteur in ECON
2016/06/15
   EP - KARIŅŠ Krišjānis (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in LIBE
2016/06/15
   EP - SARGENTINI Judith (Verts/ALE) appointed as rapporteur in LIBE

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A8-0056/2017 - Krišjānis Kariņš et Judith Sargentini - Am 2 19/04/2018 12:09:03.000

2018/04/19 Outcome: +: 574, 0: 60, -: 13
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AmendmentsDossier
517 2016/0208(COD)
2016/11/30 INTA 16 amendments...
source: 595.438
2016/12/14 JURI 83 amendments...
source: 595.624
2016/12/19 ECON, LIBE 418 amendments...
source: 595.610

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