EU TWINNING Project - Press Release February 2019

Three missions of experts took place in February 2019 in Moldova, as part of the Twinning Project “Enhancing the System of Prevention and Combating Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing in the Republic of Moldova”.

The First Mission of experts from Lithuania and Poland took place during 04-08 February 2019, representing the Financial Crime Investigation Service from Lithuania under the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Department of Financial Information under the Ministry of Finance of Poland.

AML/CFT POLICY

The visit was part of Components 1 – Enhancing the implementation effectiveness of the national AML/CFT policy, under Activity 1.1. Meetings were held with the representatives of the Office for Prevention and Fight against Money Laundering, the National Bank of Moldova, the Notary Chamber, the State Chamber for Marking Supervision, and the Council for Public Supervision of Audit. The aim of the mission was to carry out the analysis of the national practice and to identify the deficiencies of the AML/CFT legal and institutional framework, in order to timely initiate the amendments of the AML/CFT legislation of the Republic of Moldova.

SPECIAL DATABASES 

The Second Mission took place in the same time interval, during 04-08 February 2019 and was represented by Lithuanian experts from the Financial Crime Investigation Service and the State Tax Inspectorate. The mission was organized as part of Component 3 - Development of special databases, necessary for the enforcement of the AML/CFT Law. Meetings were held with the representatives of the Office for Prevention and Fight against Money Laundering, the State Tax Service, the Common Central Depository, the Public Service Agency and Moldova Agroindbank. This mission’s aim was to carry out the overview of legal/institutional/interconnection framework and of the existing practices related to bank accounts holders and beneficial owners’ registers. A key-findings report is expected as a result of this mission.

JUSTICE SYSTEM

The Third Mission took place during 25-27 February 2019 and was represented by two judges from the Supreme Court of Justice of Lithuania, and one prosecutor from the General Prosecutor’s Office of Lithuania. Meetings were held with judges from the Supreme Court and the High Magistrates Council of the Republic of Moldova. The mission was part of Component 6 – Improvement of the AML/CFT field in the justice system. Its aim was to process and analyze the results of previously distributed questionnaires for judges and prosecutors.

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