Measures to halt terror financing are much-needed on both sides of the Atlantic. “Council approves rules on the tracing of fund transfers
in order to better combat terrorist financing,” from Europa, :
The Council today adopted a regulation laying down rules on information regarding the payer that accompanies transfers of funds for the purposes of prevention, investigation and detection of money laundering and terrorist financing.
The regulation transposes into Community legislation a special recommendation issued by a G7 financial action task force (FATF) in 2001, following the 11 September terrorist attacks in the United States. It is aimed at ensuring traceability of payments so as to prevent the financing of terrorists, by imposing identification requirements on payers and verification requirements on payment service providers. The regulation is intended to complement directive 2005/60/EC on money laundering and terrorist financing.
The regulation will be applicable in the member states on 1 January 2007, which is the target date set by the FATF.