European Commission Adds US Territories to “Dirty Money” List in Departure from FATF
On February 13, the European Commission adopted a new list of “high-risk” jurisdictions that the Commission identified as posing significant threats to the European Union’s financial system as a result of strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML/CFT) frameworks. In addition to countries like North Korea, Iran, and Syria, the list also includes four US territories. In response, the US Department of Treasury expressed “significant concerns about the substance of the list,” which diverges from the list published by the Financial Task Force (FATF), as well as the “flawed process” by which the list was developed. As a result of the new list, banks in the EU will be required to exercise enhanced due diligence when dealing with customers and financial institutions from the listed countries and territories. (Suite).