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Matis Mäeker was appointed as the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit

7. May 2021 - 12:48

The government at its meeting today, decided to appoint Matis Mäeker as the new Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit. The government, in its decision approached from the results of the public competition, conducted by the Top Civil Service Excellence Centre of the Government Office.

Mathis Mäeker for almost the 10 last years, has been working for the Financial Supervision Authority. He has since 2019 been the Head of the Anti-Money Laundering and Payment Services Supervision Department.

Matis Mäeker according to Minister of Finance Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, has participated in solving many major international money laundering cases and adds the expected expertise to the Financial Intelligence Unit. “He is a top expert in the field, who is very well aware of the business activities and risk management of market participants in the Estonian financial sector and also has extensive experience of international cooperation. A very important task of the new director, when looking ahead, is the development of the function of strategic data and risk analysis", added Keit Pentus-Rosimannus.

Mäeker has since 2015 been an evaluator, certified by the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism, MONEYVAL and the inter-governmental task force on money laundering prevention FATF.  He has since January 2020 been a member of the Bureau of Moneyval. Matis Mäeker is an alternate Member of the Anti-Money Laundering  Standing Committee of the European Banking Authority. He has also published many publications, on the prevention of money laundering.

Matis Mäeker has a Master's degree in Law, from the University of Tartu. It is planned that Matis Mäeker will take up the position of Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit on 14 June.

The Financial Intelligence Unit is since 1 January 2021, an independent government agency, in the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Finance and its main task is the prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing in Estonia.

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