Posts tagged ‘4e en 5e Europese antiwitwasrichtlijnen’

6 juli 2016

Proposal European Commission to amend the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive

door Ellen Timmer

Yesterday the European Commission announced it is proposing changes to the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD4). The following text is proposed for paragraph 1 of Article 47 of AMLD4:

in Article 47, paragraph 1 is replaced by the following:
“1. Member States shall ensure that providers of exchanging services between virtual currencies and fiat currencies, custodian wallet providers, currency exchange and cheque cashing offices, and trust or company service providers are licensed or registered, and that providers of gambling services are regulated.”;

According to the press release the following is proposed by the European Commission:

  • Enhancing the powers of EU Financial Intelligence Units and facilitating their cooperation: the scope of information accessible by the Financial Intelligence Units will be widened, and they will have access to information in centralised bank and payment account registers and central data retrieval systems, which Member States will have to establish to identify holders of bank and payment accounts;
  • Tackling terrorist financing risks linked to virtual currencies: to prevent misuse of virtual currencies for money laundering and terrorist financing purposes, the Commission proposes to bring virtual currency exchange platforms and custodian wallet providers under the scope of the Anti-Money Laundering Directive. These entities will have to apply customer due diligence controls when exchanging virtual for real currencies, ending the anonymity associated with such exchanges;
  • Tackling risks linked to anonymous pre-paid instruments (e.g. pre-paid cards): the Commission also proposes to minimise the use of anonymous payments through pre-paid cards, by lowering thresholds for identificationfrom €250 to €150 and widening customer verification requirements. Proportionality has been taken into account, with particular regard paid to the use of these cards by financially vulnerable citizens;
  • Stronger checks on risky third countries: As mandated by the Fourth Anti-Money laundering directive, the Commission proposes to harmonise the list of checks applicable to countries with deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and countering terrorist financing regimes. Banks will have to carry out additional checks (‘due diligence measures’) on financial flows from these countries. The list of countries, mirroring the FATF list, will, for procedural reasons, be formally adopted on 14 July.

Today’s proposal will reinforce the measures introduced by the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering with the following changes:

  • Full public 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 ownerswho 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 has proposed that existing, as well as new, accounts should be subject to due diligence controls. This will prevent accounts that are potentially used for illicit activities from escaping detection. Passive companies and trusts, such as those highlighted in the Panama Papers, will also be subject to greater scrutiny and tighter rules.

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12 juni 2015

4th Anti Money Laundering Directive published in the EU Official Journal

door Ellen Timmer

On 5 June 2015 the 4th Anti Money Laundering Directive has been published in the EU Official Journal. Member states of the EU will have to implement the Directive by 26 June 2017.

More information on
Directive (EU) 2015/849 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 2015 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing, amending Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and repealing Directive 2005/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Commission Directive 2006/70/EC (Text with EEA relevance):

21 mei 2015

European Parlement adopted 4th Anti Money Laundering Directive

door Ellen Timmer

Yesterday the European Parlement adopted 4th Anti Money Laundering Directive (‘AMLD4′). The press release is to be found here and in my article on my weblog.
More information on my weblog: posts with the tag ‘4e Europese antiwitwasrichtlijn’; page on AMLD4. Those interested in the ubo-register can look at the ubo-register weblog.

21 april 2015

Inwerkingtreding 4e Europese antiwitwasrichtlijn binnenkort verwacht

door Ellen Timmer

Nu het ontwerp voor de 4e Europese antiwitwasrichtlijn (AMLD4) door de Europese Raad is vastgesteld, valt inwerkingtreding binnenkort te verwachten. Zie voor het persbericht en vindplaatsen dit bericht op mijn algemene weblog. Deze richtlijn is niet alleen van belang vanwege de introductie van het ubo-register. Ook bevat de richtlijn allerlei andere thema’s met gevolgen voor Wwft-plichtige ondernemingen.

Trustkantoren in AMLD4

Over trustkantoren (trust or company service providers) is het volgende in het ontwerp vermeld. In de considerans staat:

(51) Competent authorities should ensure that, with regard to (…) trust or company service providers (…) the persons who effectively direct the business of such entities and the beneficial owners of such entities are fit and proper. The criteria for determining whether or not a person is fit and proper should, as a minimum, reflect the need to protect such entities from being misused by their managers or beneficial owners for criminal purposes.

In artikel 47 is het volgende opgenomen:

1. Member States shall provide that (…) trust or company service providers be licensed or registered (…).

2. Member States shall require competent authorities to ensure that the persons who hold a management function in the entities referred to in paragraph 1, or are the beneficial owners of such entities, are fit and proper persons.

10 februari 2015

Latest news on the 4th European anti-money laundering directive

door Ellen Timmer

The process regarding the 4th European anti-money laundering directive  (“AMLD4”) is continuing:

29 januari 2015

The Parliament/Council deal regarding the 4th anti-money laundering directive was endorsed bij ECON and LIBE

door Ellen Timmer

According to a press release the Parliament/Council deal regarding the fourth anti-money laundering directive (AMLD4) was endorsed by the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties committees on Tuesday. The two deals still need to be endorsed by the full Parliament (March or April) and by the EU Council of Ministers. Member states will then have two years to transpose the anti-money laundering directive into their national laws.

More information in this article.

16 december 2014

The 4th European Anti-Money Laundering Directive is in its final stage | last trilogue today

door Ellen Timmer

It looks as if the final stage of the proposal for the 4th European Anti-Money Laundering Directive (Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing) is near now.

According to a note from the presidency of the Council of the European Union to the Permanent Representatives Committee of 2 December 2014 there is already a very broad convergence of views between the Council and the European Parliament, on the delineation of the final political agreement for the AML package. The last trilogue is scheduled today, the 16th December 2014.

A Dutch member of the EU Parliament Judith Sargentini is one of the rapporteurs of the EU Parliament on this proposal. In an article on the site of her political party of 15 December 2014 the trilogue of today is mentioned and some information regarding the proposal is given.

When the proposal is accepted, it will cause important changes in the anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing legislation in all EU countries.

Status of the proposal for the 4th European Anti-Money Laundering Directive

In the note from the presidency of the Council of the European Union, the following is said:

1. The above-mentioned Commission proposal was transmitted to the Council on 7 February 2013, together with the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on information accompanying transfers of funds (AML Regulation). Its main objective is to further strengthen the EU’s system for prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing, by bringing it in line with the Recommendations issued by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) of February 2012, thus ensuring the soundness, integrity and stability of the financial system.
2. In its Conclusions of 22 May 2013, the European Council called for rapid progress and, inter alia , stated that the “revision of the third Anti-Money Laundering Directive should be adopted by the end of the year”.
3. On 18 June 2014, Coreper adopted a general approach, as set out in doc. 10970/14. Since October 2014, the Presidency has engaged in trilogue negotiations with the European Parliament on the AML Directive and Regulation with a view to possible agreement at early second reading.
4. As a result of the negotiations to date, the Presidency considers that, save on the open issues which are further outlined in this note and on which it is seeking a final negotiation mandate from Coreper, there is already a very broad convergence of views between the Council and the European Parliament, on the delineation of the final political agreement for the AML package (the last trilogue is scheduled on 16 th December 2014).
5. The Presidency has identified the key open issues set out below on which, for a successful conclusion of trilogue negotiations, agreement on an updated mandate is necessary. The suggested mandate for each of those issues is set out below.

Source: Note from the presidency of the Council of the European Union to the Permanent Representatives Committee of 2 December 2014, chapter I, introduction.

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