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4 July 2019
Joint answer given by Vice-President Dombrovskis on behalf of the European Commission
Written questions: P-001364/19 , E-001140/19
Question references: E-001140/2019, P-001364/2019

In accordance with EC law, Member States have the responsibility to subject operators engaging in a number of financial activities to authorisation as well as requirements for their ongoing business (for example the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II(1)). However, in a number of clearly framed cases, Member States may grant exemptions from this rule.

As regards the question on anti-money laundering related issues, EU Anti-money laundering rules, namely Directive (EU) 2015/849(2)-(3) stipulate that financial operators granted authorisation to perform financial activities have to comply with the provisions of the EU Anti-money laundering Directive.

The competent authorities in Member States are responsible for implementing these rules and supervising their applications.

The Commission is aware of the relocation of the International Investment Bank’s (IIB) headquarters and is in touch with the Hungarian authorities on the matter.

(1)Directive 2014/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on markets in financial instruments, OJ L 173, 12.6.2014, p. 349‐496).
(2)Directive (EU) 2015/849 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 2015 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing, amending Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and repealing Directive 2005/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Commission Directive 2006/70/EC.
(3)OJ L 141, 5.6.2015, p. 73‐11.

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