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The European Parliament (EP) and European Union (EU) council teams have agreed to create the European Anti-Money Laundering Authority (AMLA) to enforce the EU’s rules for preventing money laundering effectively.
Keeping in view the increasing volume of financial crime within Europe, the European Parliament (EP) and the European Union (EU) have reached a political agreement for the creation of a new authority for combating financial crimes such as money laundering, named the Anti-Money Laundering Authority (AMLA).
The AMLA is expected to carry out its operations on a larger scale than the local regulatory bodies. The authority will create a new set of rules to prevent money laundering throughout Europe. The AMLA will monitor high-risk financial entities directly. These include entities with operations spread throughout at least six member states. However, the regulatory body will have the obligation to take on one entity per member state. The regulatory body will also have the authority to take over the financial supervision of an organisation in the event of any significant supervisory failures.
Additionally, the Anti-Money Laundering Authority (AMLA) will also act as a central hub upscaling the coordination between the financial supervision of different EU countries. As per a proposal, this authority will also serve as the middleman for settling disputes between national regulatory bodies.
Furthermore, the regulatory authority will also aid financial intelligence by analyzing suspicious mass transactions and potential money laundering cases. This will be primarily done using FIU.Net, which the IT Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) uses for information-sharing purposes.
Member of the European Parliament, Eva Maria Poptcheva, stated: “We have a deal on the substantive provisions of the new Anti-Money Laundering Authority. AMLA will be a game changer to crack down on dirty money in the EU. It will supervise the 40 riskiest financial entities, and it will oversee the non-financial sector to prevent cases like the Pandora Papers. AMLA will also play a crucial role in avoiding the circumvention of targeted financial sanctions like the ones included in the 11 sanctions packages approved by the EU against Russia. The next step is to find the best possible location to host AMLA.”
The host city for this agency will be decided between the Parliament and Council by the traditional legislative procedure, following a Court of Justice of the European Union ruling to its effect. The co-legislators intend to host hearings with the candidates who have expressed interest in being members of the Anti-Money Laundering Authority (AMLA).