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EU anti-money laundering policy

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The European Parliament has published a study on improving its approach to anti-money laundering. The study considers:

  • how to identify high-risk jurisdictions using blacklisting – noting potential diplomatic biases (non-cooperative jurisdiction blacklists tend to include a very small number of territories);
  • how to analyse shell companies, looking at both the legal and beneficial ownership of companies to distinguish real businesses from ‘paper’ businesses;
  • the possible further harmonisation of EU anti-money laundering policies through regulations; and
  • strengthening the ‘European executive’, potentially by extending the remit of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (currently responsible only for dealing with financial crimes against the EU budget), and considering the need for a European intelligence unit, particularly given the increased scope for online criminal activity following coronavirus.
Issue: 1490
Categories: News