Istanbul, June 7 (DHA) – The EU Council (at ambassadors' level) confirmed the agreement reached between the Bulgarian presidency and the Parliament on new rules on using criminal law to counter money laundering, on Thursday. The new directive aims at disrupting and blocking access by criminals to financial resources, including those used for terrorist activities.
According to a statement made by European Council, the main objectives of the new rules are to:
"To conduct terrorist or other criminal activities, one needs money. Making sure money laundering activities are sanctioned and that EU-wide judicial and police cooperation is as effective as possible will help cut the flow of money going into the pockets of criminals. These new rules are another building block in the EU's overall plan to stem the flow of money available to criminals" said Tsetska Tsacheva, Bulgarian minister of Justice.
The final compromise agreed between institutions establishes that:
The compromise also includes clearer rules to define which member state has jurisdiction and the cooperation between member states concerned for cross border cases, as well as the need to involve Eurojust.
The text will now undergo linguistic revision before formal adoption by the Council and Parliament. Member states will then have up to 24 months to transpose the new provisions into national law.
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