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Thursday, 8 October 2020 - Brussels Revised edition

Fight against money laundering, following the FinCEN files (debate)

  Ramona Strugariu, on behalf of the Renew Group. – Madam President, 2 100 suspicious activity reports and more than USD 2 trillion in transactions: these are stunning numbers. The leaks revealed suspicious transactions at Deutsche Bank. Russian criminals and money launderers working for terrorist groups allegedly laundered money through the Moscow branch. The name of Vladimir Putin’s cousin, Igor Putin, is also linked to such a transaction.

Another leak revealed a transaction of USD 31 million between two offshore companies. The first one, with an account at Piraeus Bank, is owned by a person involved in arms trafficking for the Islamic State, and the other, with an account in the state-controlled Bulgarian Development Bank, is owned by a notorious Bulgarian arms dealer.

All of this is happening under the eyes of the financial intelligence units, of the European banking authorities, of the European Central Bank (ECB), of the law—enforcement national authorities. Can I ask how is it possible that we see such impressive amounts of money transferred to safe places through the banking system? Basically, there is zero time to waste, and if we want to efficiently fight money laundering, we need full judicial cooperation in criminal matters; we need an anti-money laundering (AML) regulation, which we have been talking about for a long time; we need full transparency on beneficial ownership, which we have been talking about for a long time; cooperation with national authorities as well, but a truly functioning supervisory body. This is if we really want to fight money laundering. If not, it will never happen.

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