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Join in! For more transparency in EU legislation

Sir or Madam, dear friends, In March, the European Court has ruled for much more transparency in EU legislation. Yesterday, President Antonio Tajani (Forza Italia) replied to me that he did not want to take advantage of these opportunities. To convince him and to use the full potential of the new judgment for more transparency, […]


Financial and tax crimes: Parliament mission to Washington

Dear journalists and colleagues,   Coming Monday to Wednesday I will be participating in an official mission of the European Parliament in order to discuss the fight against money laundering, tax crimes and aggressive tax avoidance in Washington DC. The members of the Parliament’s committee on financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance will meet […]


New Directive enters into force: EU raises hurdles for money launderers

Today, 9 July 2018, the 5th EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive enters into force. Member States now have until 10 January 2020 to render their national company registers public. All citizens will then be able to see which beneficiaries are behind which companies. By 10 March 2021, national business registers are to be interconnected so that […]


We need a European label for social and solidarity economy products

This Thursday, 5 July, MEPs voted by a large majority in favour of the own-initiative report „recommendations to the Commission on a Statute for social and solidarity-based enterprises“. Only the right-wing opponents of Europe voted against. With the approval in plenary, a strong „legislative own-initiative report“ has been presented, which puts the Commission under an […]


ECB gets a carte blanche on clearing and payment systems

Today, the European Parliament adopted an amendment to Article 22 of the Statute of the European System of Central Banks and of the European Central Bank, which confers to the ECB regulatory powers over clearing systems. In 2009, the G20 agreed to clear all standardised over-the-counter derivatives through a central counterparty. Brexit threatens to place […]


EU Lobby Register: European Parliament takes a big step towards lobby transparency

On Wednesday 27 June, the European Parliament’s Conference of Presidents of the political groups adopted a package for more lobby transparency. Members of the European Parliament can now sign a declaration committing to follow the „systematic practice“ of meeting only registered lobbyists. MEPs can make these declarations and their meetings with lobbyists transparent in their […]


Success: EU develops its own black list of money laundering havens

The EU is now developing its own black list of money laundering par havens. Last Tuesday, the European Commission published its methodology to identifying high-risk third countries for money laundering and terrorist financing.   Since the Fourth Money Laundering Directive, adopted in 2015, the Commission has had the task of adopting, through delegated acts, a […]