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02.06.2020|Ministry of Finance

Financial Intelligence Unit to become a separate institution

As agreed by the government coalition, the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), currently a part of the Police and Border Guard Board, is to become a separate institution in the area of government of the Ministry of Finance.  Minister of Finance Martin Helme on has presented the Finance...
06.02.2020|Ministry of Finance

The Government Committee on the Prevention of Money Laundering approved the Moneyval Action Plan

The meeting of the Government Committee on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing, held on Tuesday, 4th of February, approved the action plan for the preparation of the Moneyval evaluation. In the fall of the year 2021, Estonia faces a new evaluation by Moneyval - the Council...
10.01.2020|Ministry of Finance

Martin Helme: fighting money laundering must be smarter

According to Minister of Finance Martin Helme, the fight against money laundering in banks must be smarter and more thought-out, so that honest companies are not affected in the process and Estonia does not lose new investments. "Countering money laundering remains one of our priorities, but today...
23.12.2019|Ministry of Finance

Estonia enhances the efficiency of the fight against money laundering

The government has approved draft changes to the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Prevention Act, which will significantly improve the scope of preventing money laundering. The planned changes would create protection for whistleblowers and a legal basis for creating a database of bank...
04.12.2019|Ministry of Finance

The Government Committee discussed preparations for the Moneyval evaluation

On Friday the 28th of November, at the session of the Government Committee on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing, the members of the committee received an overview of the activities of the Financial Supervision Authority, the Financial Intelligence Unit and the Prosecutor's...
02.12.2019|Ministry of Finance

The Ministry of Finance wants to increase the financial sector fines

The government of Estonia approved the draft legislation presented by the Ministry of Finance, which significantly improves the state’s possibilities to combat money laundering through substantially increased fines in the financial sector. “Estonia is not a place for money laundering. It is...
30.09.2019|Ministry of Finance

Government commission: Moneyval assessment must be taken very seriously

At the regular meeting of the Government AML/CFT Commission held on Wednesday, 25 September, the commission was given an overview of the activities of the Financial Supervision Authority, the Financial Intelligence Unit and the Prosecutor's Office in the prevention of money laundering during the...
28.06.2019|Ministry of Finance

Government commission: anti-money laundering measures need greater domestic attention

At its regular meeting on Wednesday, 26 June, the Estonian Government Anti-Money Laundering Commission discussed three main topics – analysis of money laundering incidents 2007-2014, further development of the legislative framework, and carrying out a domestic risk assessment in preparation for the...
30.05.2019|Ministry of Finance

Draft legislation on stricter requirements for virtual currency activity licences passes first reading in parliament

The Estonian parliament has passed the first reading of a draft law that constricts regulations of issuing the activity licences of virtual currencies to service providers who purchase and sell virtual currencies as well as provide virtual wallet services. According to Minister of Finance Martin...
03.05.2019|Ministry of Finance

The granting of virtual currency activity licences is set to become tougher under the new bill

The government approved a bill to toughen the regulation on granting virtual currency activity licences to service providers active in the sale and purchase of virtual currencies or who provide virtual currency wallet services. The Minister of Finance, Martin Helme, called this a significant step...

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