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Directive 2005/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2005 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing

This directive aims to prevent the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing and overrides Directive 91/308/EEC. It applies to financial and credit institutions, as well as to certain legal and natural persons working in the financial sector, including providers of goods (when payments are made in cash in excess of 15 000 EUR). These entities and...
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Council Framework Decision 2001/500/JHA of 26 June 2001 on money laundering, the identification, tracing, freezing, seizing and confiscation of instrumentalities and the proceeds of crime

The Framework Decision does not define the crime of money laundering but it provides that Member States shall take the necessary steps not to make or uphold reservations in respect of a number of...
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Council Decision 2000/642/JHA of 17 October 2000 concerning arrangements for cooperation between financial intelligence units of the Member States in respect of exchanging information

All Member States have set up financial intelligence units (FIUs) to collect and analyse information received under the provisions of Directive 91/308/EEC with the aim of establishing links...
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Convention of 29 May 2000 on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the Member States of the European Union

The Council adopted a Convention to facilitate mutual judicial assistance between the authorities of the Member States (police, customs and courts) in order to improve the speed and efficiency of...
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Convention of 26 July 1995 on the establishment of a European Police Office (Europol Convention)

The Europol Convention, which came into force on 1 October 1998, provided the legal basis for Europol. Although the establishment of Europol was foreseen in the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, Europol is...
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Convention of 26 July 1995 on the protection of the European Communities' financial interests (and its protocols)

Since 1995, a convention has been in place which seeks to protect, under criminal law, the financial interests of the EU and its taxpayers. Over the years, the Convention on the Protection of the...
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Council Directive 91/308/EEC of 10 June 1991 on prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering

This Directive represents the first stage in combating money laundering at Community level. The Directive defines the concepts of credit institution, financial institution and money laundering. In...
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