More than half of the EU’s member states have failed to fully implement the 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive, according to the European Commission (EC). The authority has sent letters of formal notices to 17 countries – including Cyprus, Hungary, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain – which it says missed the official implementation deadline of 10 January, 2020. The EC also criticised Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg and Poland for only partial implementation, and warned Luxembourg over its choice to allow firms “unlimited deductability of interest” from their tax bills.
“The Commission regrets that the Member States in question have failed to transpose the Directive in a timely manner and encourages them all to do so urgently, bearing in mind the importance of these rules for the EU’s collective interest,” said the EC in a statement.
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