On 29 June, the World Bank/UNODC published this book which focuses on the benefits of interagency cooperation between tax authorities and law enforcement agencies working on preventing, detecting, and recovering the illicit financial flows derived from tax evasion, corruption, and money laundering. It maintains that a “whole-of-government” approach is needed to enable agencies to successfully detect, prosecute, and recover the proceeds of interconnected financial crimes. This approach requires commitment, investment, and coordination at various levels of government to overcome existing barriers.
A Policy Brief from the Global Center for Cooperative Security examines the online financing and support systems associated with US anti-authority and racially or ethnically motivated (AAREM) violent extremists. It focuses on the threat as manifest in the US and to a lesser extent the transnational dimensions of AAREM violent extremist financing. It says that clear linkages between US and transnational violent extremists, especially within white supremacist and neo-Nazi circles, also extend to the world of financing. It concludes with several policy solutions to better combat the financial support systems of AAREM violent extremists.
On 5 August, the EU published 3 news releases, saying that North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway have undertaken to align themselves with –
Council Decision 2022/1271/CFSP which introduces further restrictive measures as well as clarifications to existing measures;
Council Decision 2022/1272/CFSP which adds 48 persons and 9 entities to sanctions lists and introduced further derogations concerning the asset freeze and the prohibition to make funds and economic resources available; and
Council Decision 2022/1276/CFSP which adds 6 individuals and 1 entity to the sanctions lists on the basis of their involvement in recruiting Syrian mercenaries to fight in Ukraine alongside Russian troops.
On 5 August, BIFA says that it has been highlighting the transition of HMRC import/export systems from CHIEF to CDS for some time. CHIEF will be closed to new Import Customs Declarations as of the 30 September, and this means that from the 1 October all import declarations will have to be submitted via the new Customs Declaration Service. It states that, in order for the new service to work efficiently all parties connected with providing information and submitting customs declarations need to be fully prepared for the change. It warns that BIFA Members who have preparing to move from CHIEF to CDS, software providers and CSP it is clear that the transition to CDS is hard at every stage. There is more data to collect, including valuation information, CPC are now in 2 parts and authorisations. The reality is that without having this information customs entries will be delayed, and freight movements disrupted.