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Wednesday, 8 July 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

A comprehensive Union policy on preventing money laundering and terrorist financing – Commission's Action plan and other recent developments (debate)

  Carmen Avram (S&D), in writing. – I support this resolution. According to the Commission around 1%, or EUR 160 billion, of the European Union’s annual GDP is connected with suspect financial activity such as money laundering linked to corruption, among other things. That is a lot of money that could be used in a better way and help our societies recover from this crisis. We are aware of the problems identified in combating money laundering: fragmentation of rules, uneven supervision and limitations in the cooperation among financial intelligence units across the EU Member States. Better cooperation is needed. We know what we have to do to improve the situation. The resolution welcomes the EC action plan launched in May. We should increase pressure to implement all six pillars of the EU action plan for a comprehensive Union policy on preventing money laundering and terrorism financing. The EC committed to deliver all of the six actions by early 2021. Let me finish and add that as a former career journalist, I very much welcome the paragraph of the resolution calling on Member States to fully investigate in a transparent manner cases of money laid and related crime against whistle—blowers and journalists. In particular, the resolution refers to the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and the Panama Papers revelations.

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