EU Countering Money Laundering By Criminal Law Directive Will Apply From December 2020
11/12/2018The EU Countering Money Laundering by Criminal Law Directive has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Directive will complement the Fifth Money Laundering Directive, which was adopted in May 2018.
The U.K., Ireland and Denmark have not adopted the new Directive. In the U.K., this mirrors the approach taken by the U.K. in relation to EU criminal sanctions for market manipulation where it has implemented its own national regime.
The new Directive will enter into force on December 3, 2018. EU member states that have adopted the Directive must transpose the new provisions into national law by December 3, 2020.
The new Directive establishes minimum rules on the definition of criminal offences and sanctions in the area of money laundering. Member states will be required to implement national laws providing for money laundering offences by individuals to be punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least four years. National laws will continue to provide for additional measures, such as fines, temporary or permanent exclusion from public tender procedures, grants and concessions, and national laws will also provide for national courts to take into account any aggravating factors for sentencing.
In addition, the new Directive establishes corporate liability for money laundering in certain circumstances and provides for corporates to face various sanctions, such as exclusion from entitlement to public benefits or aid, temporary or permanent exclusion from public tender procedures, grants and concessions, temporary or permanent disqualification from the practice of commercial activities, placing under judicial supervision, judicial winding-up and temporary or permanent closure of the establishments used for committing the offence.
The new Directive also includes rules for establishing jurisdiction and for cross-border cooperation between member states.
View the Directive.
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