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Financial crime prevention
Sanctions and export controls
announces outcome of 48th plenary session
European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has announced the outcome of its 48th
plenary session. Key announcements include the adoption of: opinions on the
draft adequacy decisions for the UK under the EU’s General Data Protection
Regulation, Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (EU GDPR) and Directive 2016/680/EU, the Law Enforcement
Directive (EU LED); guidelines on the application of Article 65(1)(a) of the EU
GDPR to delineate the main stages of the dispute resolution procedure and
clarify the competence of the EDPB when adopting a legally binding decision on
the basis of Article 65(1)(a) of the EU GDPR; a final version of the guidelines
on the targeting of social media users; and a statement on international
agreements including transfers.
statement on the draft adequacy decisions, the EDPB indicates that it has
identified many aspects of the UK regimes to be essentially equivalent to the
EU. However, the EDPB also stressed this alignment should be maintained and
welcomed the European Commission’s decision to limit the proposed
adequacy decisions in time and the intention to closely monitor developments in
See: LNB News 15/04/2021 14 and LNB News 15/04/2021 11.
FATF and G20
ACWG hold joint meeting to improve beneficial ownership transparency
Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group (ACWG)
held a meeting on 1 April 2021 on improving beneficial ownership transparency.
The meeting provided the FATF with the opportunity to discuss potential
amendments to Recommendation 24 on transparency and beneficial ownership of
legal persons while also giving ACWG the ability to receive input on its
upcoming Accountability Report. Speakers from the European Commission, Europol,
Egmont Group, the Government of Jersey, Open Contracting Partnership and Open
Government Partnership were heard at the event.
See: LNB News 08/04/2021 72.
FATF tackle in money laundering, terrorist and proliferation financing
Finance Ministers and Central Bank of Governors have confirmed their commitment
and support to the FATF’s tackling of ‘all sources, techniques and
channels of money laundering and the financing of terrorism and proliferation’, especially by countering
financial crimes linked to coronavirus (COVID–19). FATF President, Dr
Marcus Pleyer, called on the G20 to recognise and impede financial crimes which
‘undermine global economies and hinder
economic recovery’. The G20 also commended
the FATF’s continuous work to tackle environmental
crime involving illicit finance connected to the illegal exploitation of
See: LNB News 08/04/2021 82.
Stability Institute report examines global cryptoasset AML supervision
Financial Stability Institute of the Bank for International Settlements has
published an Insights piece on supervising cryptoassets for anti-money
laundering. It notes that the supervision of cryptoasset service providers is
only just beginning around the world. Only a few countries are performing more
active supervision, such as conducting examinations and taking enforcement
See: LNB News 09/04/2021 38.
the changes with the CPS’s Economic Crime Strategy
Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced the launch of its Economic Crime
Strategy 2025. Partner, Neil Swift, and associate, Eamon McCarthy-Keen, from
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP, analyse the background and key provisions
of the Strategy and its implications for the criminal justice arena.
Analysis: Ringing the changes with the CPS’s Economic Crime Strategy 2025.
publishes EU SOCTA 2021 including coronavirus (COVID-19) warnings
has published the European Union Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment
(SOCTA 2021) which outlines threats of serious and organised crime facing the
EU. The SOCTA 2021 states that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has
threatened to create ideal conditions for organised crime to spread in the EU
and that a key characteristic of criminal networks is their agility in adapting
to and capitalising on the changes caused by coronavirus. It also reports that
migrant smuggling, trafficking and exploitation of human beings, offline and
online frauds, and property crime present substantial threats to EU citizens.
See: LNB News 12/04/2021 21.
the EU concludes review of EU’s Iran human rights
Council of the EU has concluded its annual review of the EU’s Iran human rights
sanctions regime and has decided to extend its restrictive measures responding
to serious human rights violations until 13 April 2022 in Iran. Measures
include a travel ban and an asset freeze as well as a ban on exports to Iran on
equipment that might be used for internal repression. Further to this, EU
citizens and companies will be forbidden from making funds available to listed
entities and individuals. There are a total of 89 individuals and four entities
currently on the list.
See: LNB News 14/04/2021 31.
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