On April 20, 2015, the Council of the EU approved a new directive and regulation aimed at strengthening rules against money laundering and terrorist financing. The new set of laws, when in effect, aim to bring the EU in line with approaches currently taken internationally, and follow the recommendations made by the Financial Action Task Force which is deemed to be a global reference for anti-money laundering and terrorist financing. The final text of the regulation and directive is yet to be published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Once published, member states will have two years to transpose the directive into national law. The regulation will be directly applicable in EU Member States without the need for any further transposition. The new laws will repeal the current European regulation and directive on anti-money laundering and terrorist financing.

The proposed texts of the regulation and directive and press release are available at: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2015/04/20-money-laundering-strengthened-rules/.