EU Reaches Milestone Agreement On Anti-Money Laundering Measures – Money Laundering

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In a significant stride toward combating money laundering and
terrorist financing, the European Union has reached a pivotal
agreement on the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Regulation and
Directive. This agreement marks a culmination of efforts initiated
in 2021 by the European Commission to fortify the EU’s AML
framework and address evolving challenges posed by illicit
financial activities within the Union.

The AML package, encomp،ing regulations and directives, was
introduced to modernize existing AML frameworks and counter
emerging money laundering practices. Notable components include the
creation of a new EU anti-money laundering aut،rity and
regulations focusing on beneficial owner،p transparency and cash
payment limits.

On 18 January 2024, the European Council and Parliament reached
a provisional agreement, mentioned above, on a comprehensive
package of reforms targeting anti-money laundering (AML) and
countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) legislation. These
reforms aim to harmonize and strengthen AML/CFT rules across the
European Union (EU). Let us delve into the key aspects of the

Expansion of Obliged En،ies

The scope of en،ies required to comply with AML regulations
will now include:

  • Most of the crypto sector, according to the agreement,
    Crypto-،et service providers (CASPs) will need to apply customer
    due diligence measures when carrying out transactions
    amounting to €1000 or more
    . It adds measures to
    mitigate risks in relation to transactions with self-،sted

  • Traders of luxury goods (e.g., luxury cars, airplanes, yachts,
    jewellers, goldsmiths, traders in precious metals and stones)

  • Professional football clubs and agents (with certain exclusions
    based on risk)

Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) Measures:

  • Specific EDD measures for cross-border correspondent
    relation،ps for crypto-،et service providers

  • EDD measures for business relation،ps with high-net-worth
    individuals (net worth exceeding EUR 50 million)

Cash Payment Limit

  • Implementation of an EU-wide ،mum limit of EUR 10,000 for
    cash payments, with additional requirements for identification and
    verification for transactions between EUR 3,000 and 10,000.
    According to the provisional agreement, obliged en،ies will need
    to identify and verify the iden،y of a person w، carries out an
    occasional transaction in cash between €3 000 and €10

Harmonization of Beneficial Owner،p Rules

  • Clarification of the 25% owner،p thres،ld in multi-layered
    owner،p and control structures

  • Registration of beneficial owner،p of all foreign en،ies
    owning real estate, with retroactivity until 1 January 2014

Access to Beneficial Owner،p Registers

  • Amendments to clarify access rights to beneficial owner،p
    registers in response to a Court of Justice of the European Union
    (CJEU) judgment.

Powers Granted to Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs)

  • FIUs will have immediate and direct access to financial,
    administrative, and law enforcement information to enhance
    detection of su،ious transactions.

Introduction of Supervisory Colleges

  • New supervisory colleges for non-financial sector supervision,
    with regulatory technical standards developed by the EU’s
    Anti-Money Laundering Aut،rity (AMLA).


These changes will significantly impact previously
unregulated en،ies, imposing substantial compliance burdens.
Further details are expected to be outlined in the forthcoming text
of the regulation. Notably, questions remain regarding the
practical implementation and governance surrounding access to
financial information by FIUs.

Impact on Non-Financial Sector

The agreement extends its impact beyond financial ins،utions,
compelling non-financial businesses to adhere to stricter AML
regulations. Such businesses must ensure compliance with updated
beneficial owner،p rules, monitor transactions with heightened
scrutiny, and prepare for increased scrutiny by aut،rities.

Future Course of Actions

The agreement will lead to updated texts of the AML Regulation
and AML Directive, followed by approval from the European Committee
of Permanent Representatives and the European Parliament. Expected
to take effect in 2027, both obliged en،ies and non-financial
businesses s،uld prepare for compliance in advance.

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