On 21st of June, the Office organized a working meeting on "Prevention and Combating Money Laundering: Guidelines and Practices for a New Legislation."

At the initiative of the Office, a working meeting on "Prevention and combating money laundering: Guidelines and practices for a new legislation" was organized in order to implement the provisions of the Law no.308 of 22.12.2017 on prevention and combating money laundering and terrorist financing and due to the adjustment of the secondary legislation to the new provisions of the law, as well as due to systemic changes in operations, including the procedure for fulfilling special forms, identifying and reporting the transactions.

The meeting was attended by 65 notaries, the representatives of the Ministry of Justice and the Notary Chamber, as well as the EU High Level Adviser in the field of prevention and combating money laundering and terrorism financing.

The main objective of the workshop was to familiarize the notaries with the provisions of the Law no.308 of 22.12.2017 and the amended secondary legislation, especially the Methodology regarding the identification of suspicious activities and transactions.

The event was organized in order to improve the cooperation with the reporting entities, to ensure adequate communication at all levels, to implement the new legislation and the secondary legal framework in the field, in compliance with the provisions of the 4th EU Directive, international standards set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF-GAFI), and the results of the National Risk Assessment on Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing.

Another discussed issues also included the responsibilities of the Notary Chamber as a supervisory body in the application of the risk-based approach for identifying transactions and activities subject to the Law no.308 of 22.12.2017 on prevention and combating of money laundering and terrorism financing.

Mr. Igoris Krzeckovskis, the EU High Level Adviser, presented the European Union's risk assessment, as well as a series of case studies of suspect activities involving notaries.

This meeting is to be preceded by a very consistent agenda of activities aimed at familiarizing the reporting entities with the new legal provisions in the field and strengthening of their capacities, including with the support of the external development partners.

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