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Parliamentary questions
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13 June 2019
Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000222/2019

The procedures followed by the Commission and the European Banking Authority (EBA) in relation to breaches of EC law by the Anti-Money Laundering supervisory authority of Malta in relation to Pilatus Bank and by the authorities of Denmark and Estonia in relation to Danske Bank are both based on Article 17 of the EBA Regulation. The procedures started at different times and led to different results. The EBA opened a breach of Union law procedure against Malta on 23 May 2018 and issued a recommendation on 11 July 2018, whereas the breach of Union law procedure against Denmark and Estonia was opened on 18 February 2019.

To address the specific recommendations, the Maltese Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) has drawn up an Action plan, positively assessed by the Commission and the EBA as a means to ensure effectiveness of the implementation of the provisions of the Anti-money laundering Directive.

Finally, the EBA has closed its formal investigation into a possible breach of Union law by the Estonian Financial Services Authority (Finantsinspektsioon) and the Danish Financial Services Authority (Finanstilsynet) in connection with money laundering activities linked to Danske Bank and its Estonian branch in particular. At a vote at its meeting on 16 April 2019 the EBA's Board of Supervisors rejected a proposal for a breach of Union law recommendation.

The decision of the EBA Board of Supervisors is however without prejudice to the powers of the Commission pursuant to Article 258 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and the Commission reserves the right to make further inquests into the matter.

Last updated: 13 June 2019Legal notice