The Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units
is an informal international gathering of financial intelligence units
(FIUs). The Group was formed in 1995, and took its name from the palace in Brussels where the meeting took place.
FIUs are national centers to collect information on suspicious or unusual financial activity from the financial industry and other entities or professions required to report transactions suspicious of being money laundering
or terrorism financing. FIUs are normally not law enforcement agencies; their mission is to process analyze the information received. If sufficient evidence of unlawful activity is found, the matter is passed to the public prosecution.<br>
The Egmont Group defined an FIU as a central, national agency responsible for receiving (and, as permitted, requesting), analyzing and disseminating to the competent authorities, disclosures of financial information:(i) concerning suspected proceeds of crime and potential financing of terrorism, or(ii) required by national legislation or regulation, in order to counter money laundering and terrorism financing.
The goal of the Egmont Group is to provide a forum for FIUs around the world to improve cooperation in the fight against money laundering and financing of terrorism and to foster the implementation of domestic programs in this field. The Egmont Group provides support to member FIUs by:
- expanding and systematizing international cooperation in the reciprocal exchange of......