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New EU blacklist successful tool to combat money laundering

Anti-Money Laundering


Today, the European Commission has unveiled its 'blacklist' of 23 jurisdictions where there is a significant risk of money laundering. The list contains 'third country' jurisdictions and includes places such as the Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands, Panama and Saudi Arabia.  

The list will require all traders in the EU doing business in goods or services worth more than €10,000 in jurisdictions on the blacklist to undertake enhanced due diligence on transactions.

The blacklist comes as a result of the EU's Anti-Money Laundering Directive, which is currently being ratified by Member States, and will see the Commission undertake enhanced assessments of the jurisdictions on the list.

Judith Sargentini, Greens/EFA rapporteur on the 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive comments:

"The publication of today's blacklist is a victory in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing and will make it harder for criminals and the corrupt to shift their dirty cash into Europe. Money laundering constitutes an enormous threat to our security and the fight against corruption in Europe and we needs strong tools to combat it. European Commission assessments of jurisdictions where there is a risk of money laundering and enhanced due diligence of business worth more than €10,000 will help reduce huge flows of illicit funds from entering the EU.

"This is a great result stemming from the Anti-Money Laundering Directive and shows that the EU is capable of delivering tools to combat the threat that money laundering poses. It's welcome that the Commission is taking the fight against money laundering seriously and that the list is substantial and includes well known risk countries such as Panama, Saudi Arabia and the Bahamas. We need effective tools in place to be able to detect and prevent money laundering when and where it takes place, that's why its welcome to see some of these become a reality."

Sven Giegold, Greens/EFA spokesperson on economic affairs, comments:

"In the face of the enormous amounts of lobbying we've seen from certain countries included on the list and also from EU Member States, it's good to see that the Commission has held its nerve and is taking this the fight against money laundering seriously. However, money laundering is not just some illicit activity in some far flung country, the proceeds of corruption and crime are funnelled through European banks, businesses and luxury goods on a daily basis, and we must not be afraid to call out the problem in Europe.

"The Commission should publish the country assessments that resulted in the list of 23 countries in order to provide transparency around the process and to avoid accusations of political horse-trading. The Commission has evaluated third countries according to objective criteria, so there is no reason not to publish the assessments behind the list."

"It's time to hold a mirror up to the murky world of dirty money inside the Europe Union. We have seen huge scandals involving money laundering inside the EU, in countries such as Denmark, Malta and Cyprus. That's why the European Commission should accelerate its infringement procedure with EU Member States and ensure that European rules against money laundering are fully implemented in all Member States. All EU countries must ensure that the new rules in the 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive are put in place without delay."

Nueva lista negra de la UE: una herramienta eficaz para combatir el blanqueo de capitales

Blanqueo de Capitales


La Comisión Europea ha dado a conocer hoy su "lista negra" de países en los que existe un riesgo significativo de blanqueo de capitales. La lista contiene jurisdicciones de terceros países que incluye las Bahamas, las Islas Vírgenes de los Estados Unidos, Panamá y Arabia Saudí, entre otros.

La lista exigirá a todas las empresas de la UE que realicen operaciones con bienes o servicios por valor de más de 10.000 euros en las jurisdicciones que figuran en la lista negra que actúen con una diligencia debida reforzada sobre las transacciones.

La lista negra es el resultado de la Directiva de la UE contra el blanqueo de capitales, que actualmente está siendo ratificada por los Estados miembros, y la Comisión llevará a cabo una evaluación más detallada de las jurisdicciones que figuran en la lista.

Ernest Urtasun, eurodiputado del Grupo Verdes/ALE y portavoz de Catalunya en Comú, ha comentado:

"La publicación de la lista negra de hoy por parte de la Comisión Europea es una victoria en la lucha contra el blanqueo de dinero  que contribuirá a reducir los enormes flujos de fondos que entran en la UE de manera ilícita. El blanqueo de capitales constituye una enorme amenaza para nuestra seguridad y  para la lucha contra la corrupción en Europa y necesitamos instrumentos sólidos para combatirlo. Es una buena noticia que la Comisión se esté tomando en serio la lucha contra el blanqueo de dinero y que la lista sea sustancial e incluya países de riesgo bien conocidos como Panamá, Arabia Saudí y las Bahamas.

La lista, sin embargo, no debería limitarse a países terceros. Hay que recordar que el blanqueo de dinero no es fenómeno que ocurra únicamente fuera de la UE. Hemos visto grandes escándalos también en Estados miembros como Dinamarca, Malta o Chipre. Por ello, la Comisión Europea debería acelerar su procedimiento de infracción y garantizar que las normas europeas contra el blanqueo se apliquen plenamente en todos los Estados miembros. Es urgente además que la Quinta Directiva contra el blanqueo de capitales se aplique sin demora. Es hora de afrontar la realidad y frenar el fenómeno del lavado de dinero dentro de nuestras propias fronteras".