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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2019
E-002805/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002805/2019

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are not obliged entities under the fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive or under the international standards of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). However, NGOs are clients of banks, lawyers and accountants, etc., which are obliged entities themselves. Therefore transactions of NGOs are monitored by obliged entities and thus subject to customer due diligence. This is the same approach followed for other legal entities, foundations and legal arrangements.

The Commission has assessed the risk of NGOs under its Supranational Risk Assessments (SNRA) published in 2017(1) and in 2019(2). The Commission has established that for NGOs receiving institutional EU funding, the level of money laundering/terrorist financing threat and vulnerability are considered as ‘less significant’.

(1)COM(2017) 340 final.
(2)COM(2019) 370 final.

Last updated: 7 November 2019Legal notice