Europe 1 with AFP 3:03 p.m., December 06, 2022
The Ministry of Economy and Finance announced on Tuesday that Paris has joined the list of future candidate cities to host the future European Anti-Money Laundering Authority.
It will compete with four other cities that have declared their interest: Frankfurt, Vienna, Madrid and Vilnius.
Paris joins the list of candidates to host the future European Anti-Money Laundering Authority, the Ministry of Economy and Finance announced on Tuesday.
Although the application process has not yet formally opened, four other cities have already publicly declared their interest: Frankfurt, Vienna, Madrid and Vilnius.
"We already host the European Banking Agency and the Financial Action Task Force, organizations with which [the future Authority] will have numerous and fruitful interactions", underlined the ministry in a press release, to justify its candidacy.
The assets of the city of Paris
The Ministry of the Economy also invoked the strengths of the city of Paris in terms of real estate, air and rail links and, for future employees, in terms of employment for spouses, and educational and cultural offers. .
Today, the fight against money laundering at European level is carried out through directives which are then transposed into the legislation of the 27 member countries of the European Union.
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"Each country has its own implementation mechanisms", and "there is no harmonized implementation", explained in a brief to the press Robert Ophèle, former president of the Autorité des marchés financiers and responsible for the Paris candidacy project.
The Authority will also support national supervisors on the application of anti-money laundering rules by "the most sensitive financial intermediaries", added Robert Ophèle.
A decision is expected by the end of the first half of 2023.