Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018

Vatican welcomes 'praise and criticism' in Moneyval report


(ANSA) - Vatican City, July 18 - Vatican Undersecretary of
State Monsignor Ettore Balestrero said that "both the praise and
criticism" from the Council of Europe's Moneyval committee
report on financial transparency were welcome and would be taken
"with seriousness".
Balestrero is also the head of the Vatican delegation to the
Moneyval committee, which gave positive grades in nine of 16
areas concerning the Vatican's financial transparency as part of
the Holy See's bid to join the 'white list' states that respect
international standards on combatting money laundering and the
financing of terrorism.
The report praised the progress the Holy See has made in
terms of transparency but said more reforms were needed and
called on it to put the Vatican Bank, the Institute for
Religious Works (IOR), under independent supervision.
"For the Holy See, this process is first and foremost a
moral rather than a technical commitment," said Balestrero.
Balestrero emphasised that the Vatican has always had "a
clear determination to fight money laundering and terrorist
financing, as well as a legal system that already had several of
the elements necessary to tackle those problems".

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