The European Council (The Council) adopted anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing conclusions in response to their 2019-2024 strategic agenda aimed at strengthening terrorism and cross border crime preventions, and improving cooperation and information sharing. The “Council urges for the swift transposition of all AML legislation into national law and for the strengthening of their effective implementation.” Furthermore, The Council has invited the European Commission (EC) to take action on the existing AML regulatory framework by considering:
- “ways of ensuring a more robust and effective cooperation between the relevant authorities and bodies involved in anti-money laundering and terrorist financing, including through addressing impediments on exchange of information between them;
- whether some aspects could be better addressed through a regulation;
- possibilities, advantages and disadvantages of conferring certain supervisory responsibilities and powers to an EU body.”
WOCCU will continue to monitor The Council and the EC’s AML/CFT regulatory enhancements and any action or input the EC may provide. The “Council conclusions on strategic priorities on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism”, can be found here.