Financial crime Malta graylisted for Financial crimes
Status: 06/24/2021 9:40 a.m.
Corruption, money laundering and “golden passports”: the Mediterranean island of Malta has fallen into twilight. An international institution to combat money laundering now wants to monitor the country more closely. The attempts by the Maltese government to avert the decision of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) were unsuccessful: The international institution for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and the financing of weapons of mass destruction has put Malta on the gray list for financial crimes, according to the Times newspaper of Malta “reported. Inclusion on this list means that the country is under increased surveillance, that it is being monitored more and more. At the same time, the state undertakes to remedy the deficiencies identified in the context of financial crime. Who is the FATF?
The Financial Action Task Force, based in Paris, is an independent international institution that develops and promotes measures to combat money laundering, the financing of terrorism and the financing of weapons of mass destruction. It was founded in 1989 by the G7 countries and currently has 37 members. More than 200 states and jurisdictions have committed to complying with the FATF standards. The FATF is supported by a secretariat affiliated with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Malta pledges cooperation
Prime Minister Robert Abela confirmed the decision and described it as “unjust”. Most of the concerns expressed by the reviewers have already been addressed. Malta wants to continue with its reform program, said Abela. “We will intensify our exchanges to better explain Malta’s achievements and to ensure that they are respected and understood by the international community.” Malta will never show itself to be uncooperative in the fight against financial crime or resist it, he assured the international partners.
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Cayman Islands and Syria are also on the gray list
It is not the first time that Malta has fallen into twilight: the country has already been screened for financial crime more intensely because of its “golden passport” program. Like Cyprus, Malta had granted citizenships in return for financial commitments. The EU Commission then initiated infringement proceedings.
Fight against tax evasion EU blacklisted Cayman Islands
The EU finance ministers have blacklisted the British Cayman Islands as tax havens.
With the jump on the gray list of the FATF there is now a further loss of reputation for the country. As of February 2021, the FATF gray list includes countries such as Burkina Faso, the Cayman Islands, Ghana, Mauritius, Panama, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zimbabwe.
Germany holds the FATF presidency
Germany took over the presidency of the FATF in July 2020. The term of office of Marcus Pleyer from the Federal Ministry of Finance ends on June 30, 2022.
Marcus Pleyer is currently the President of the FATF. Image: Felix Zahn / photothek.net
Incidentally, the Federal Republic of Germany is currently also being routinely audited by the FATF. In its last evaluation in 2010, the organization came to the conclusion that Germany was susceptible to money laundering and terrorist financing