In its latest newsletter CCBE reported on Belgian resistance by lawyers against the implementation of the 4th Anti-money laundering Directive in Belgium.
Further CCBE informs the public it is involved in revision of the FATF guidance for lawyers, accountants and company service providers.
Anti-money laundering: CCBE intervention in support of the Belgian bars
The CCBE is seeking to intervene before the Belgian Constitutional Court in support of the Belgian Bars against provisions of the national law implementing the 4th Anti-money laundering Directive in Belgium. The case also involves a possible preliminary reference to the European Court of Justice. The case concerns the protection of professional secrecy/privilege, and it is being contested that the national implementing act in Belgium (act of 18 September 2017) implementing the provisions of the 4th AML Directive (Directive 2015/849) violates the right to professional secrecy/privilege.
FATF revision of the risk-based approach guidance for professions (lawyers, accountants and trusts and company service providers)
The work on the revision of the 2008 risk-based approach guidance for the legal profession is continuing. The work commenced in March 2018 and a first draft of the revised guidance was prepared in advance of an FATF meeting in Vienna on 23/24 April. The next FATF meeting took place on 26 June. The CCBE will continue to be involved in providing its input.