AML News January 2021

The second semester of 2020 has been a busy one for this project. Despite the difficulties created by the Covid-19 pandemic, much work was carried out to complete the first year of the project (in November 2020) and to finalise the project’s task 1 activities (the development of a strategy to train lawyers on anti- money laundering and counter terrorism financing (AML-CTF) rules at EU level). The strategy was presented to the European Commission in September 2020, and immediately after that, the project team started the implementation of the project task 2.

Task 2 is focused on the production of an EU-level training programme for lawyers on AML-CTF, with two accompanying manuals (one for trainers and another for users, i.e. lawyers participating in the training). We expect to conclude task 2 by the end of February 2021, and then the project will enter into its third and last phase, the organisation of training activities (one train-the-trainers’ event and three regional cross-border activities for lawyers). The training activities were expected to take place on an in-person basis, but the current Covid-19 pandemic (and the restrictions imposed by EU Member States) oblige us to organise them on an online basis. Information on these events will be published soon.