On 29 October, MONEYVAL published the 5th Round mutual evaluation report on the Slovak Republic. It says, among other things, that the report concludes that the Slovak Republic obtains poor results in using financial intelligence and other relevant information to collect evidence and trace criminal assets. Since the last evaluation, the number of money laundering convictions increased, but an important part is related to simple property offences such as car thefts. The outcome of investigations and prosecutions of money laundering in other major proceeds generating crimes does not fully reflect the country’s risks. The absence of a central bank account register and the lack of beneficial owner information are reported as the greatest challenges in conducting financial analysis. MONEYVAL flags important shortcomings in the FIU’s mechanism and says that that preventive measures are seriously affected by several issues, and furthermore there are no mechanisms in place to verify the information on the ultimate beneficial owners at the time of registration. Based on the results of its evaluation, MONEYVAL decided to apply its enhanced follow-up procedure and invited Slovakia to report back in September 2022.
MONEYVAL: SLOVAKIA SHOULD PROSECUTE MONEY LAUNDERING WITH MORE DETERMINATION
On 29 October, a news release from the Council of Europe says that MONEYVAL urges the authorities of the Slovak Republic to systematically pursue illicit funds generated by all proceeds generating crimes through effective seizure and confiscation, and to systemically tackle money laundering and terrorist financing occurring around such crimes.
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