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p.32/36: EU anti money-laundering and terrorist financing

Paul Foley


Articles 1, 3 and 5
— Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

Articles 2 and 4
— Obliged Entities

Articles 6 to 8

— Risk Assessments

Articles 9 and 18a
— High Risk Third Countries: Prescriptive Enhanced Due Diligence

Article 10
— Anonymous Accounts, Anonymous Passbooks, Anonymous Safe Deposit Boxes

Articles 10-14
— Customer Due Diligence

Article 15 to 17
— Customer Due Diligence
Applying Simplified Due Diligence (SDD)

Article 18, 18a-to 24
— Enhanced Customer Due Diligence (EDD)

Article 24
— Shell Banks

Articles 25 to 27
— Third Parties

Article 28
— Groups

Article 30
— Beneficial Ownership Information Corporates and Other Legal Entities

Article 31
— Trusts and other types of Legal Arrangements

Article 31
— Central Beneficial Ownership Register for Trusts

Article 31a
— Implementing Acts Technical Specifications and Procedures

Article 32
— Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) FIU Establishment and Functions

Article 32a
— Centralised Automated Mechanisms for Identifying Persons Holding or Controlling Bank Accounts and Payment Accounts

Article 33

— Co-operation by Obliged Entities and their Staff with FIUs

Article 36

— Reporting obligation on NCAs and supervisory bodies

Article 38

— Protection for Individuals who Report Suspicions

Article 39

— Prohibition on Disclosure of Information

Article 40

— Record Retention

Article 45

— Group Wide Policies and Central Contact Point for eMoney Issuers and Payment Services Providers

Article 47
— Registration of Providers of Exchange Services between Virtual Currencies and Fiat Currencies

Articles 58 to 61
— Harmonising Member States Administrative Sanctions and Measures for Breach

Article 59

— Special provision for Credit Institutions and Financial Institutions

Article 60

— Publication of Decisions to impose Administrative Sanctions or Measures


— Wire Transfer Regulation

Articles 5 & 6
— Transfer of funds within and to outside the Union

Article 4

— Obligations of the Payer PSP

Articles 7 and 8

— Obligations of the Payee PSP

Articles 10 to 13

— Obligations on the Intermediary PSP

Article 13

— Assessment and Reporting

Article 2

— Where the WTR does not apply

Article 16

— Record Retention

Articles 41 and 43 MLD4 and MLD5

— Data Protection

Obligations on the intermediary PSP (Articles 10,11, 12 and 13)

Intermediary payment service providers must ensure that all the information received on the payer and the payee that accompanies a transfer of funds is retained with the transfer (Article 10).

The intermediary payment service provider must implement effective procedures (i) to detect whether the fields relating to the payer and the payee in the messaging or payment and settlement system have been filled in using the proper characters or inputs (Article (11(1)) and (ii) where appropriate, to ensure ex-post monitoring or real-time monitoring, in order to detect whether certain information on the payer or the payee is missing. See Article 11(2) for more detail.

The intermediary payment service provider must under Article 12 establish effective risk-based procedures for determining whether to execute, reject or suspend a transfer of funds lacking the required payer and payee information and for taking the appropriate follow up action  (Article 12.(1)).

Where the intermediary payment service provider becomes aware, when receiving transfers of funds, that the  required information is missing or has not been filled in using the required characters or inputs) it must reject the transfer or ask for the required information on the payer and the payee before or after the transmission of the transfer of funds, on a risk-sensitive basis (Article 12(2)).

Where a payment service provider repeatedly fails to provide the required information on the payer or the payee, the intermediary payment service provider must take steps, which may initially include the issuing of warnings and setting of deadlines, before either rejecting any future transfers of funds from that payment service provider, or restricting or terminating its business relationship with that payment service provider.

The intermediary payment service provider must report that failure, and the steps taken, to the competent authority responsible for monitoring compliance with anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing provisions (Article 12(3)).


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