Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Vatican appoints new head of agency against money laundering

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Vatican City, November 7 - In an effort to more
effectively fight money laundering and other financial crimes,
the Vatican has formally appointed a new director for its
Financial Information Authority (FIA).
Rene' Bruelhart, 40, an expert on international measures
against money laundering, becomes the new director of FIA, the
Holy See's financial authority.
Bruelhart, a Swiss national who had been working as an
adviser to the Vatican, replaces lawyer Francesco De Pasquale,
who is moving to the authority's Governing Council.
Bruelhart is a former director of the financial information
unit of the government of Liechtenstein and vice president of
the Egmont Group, an international financial intelligence firm.
As a consultant to the Vatican, he has been advising on
prevention and fighting against money laundering and the
financing of terrorism.
"This is a further step in the process of combating money
laundering and financing of terrorism," said the director of the
Vatican press office, Father Federico Lombardi.
The Holy See is trying to join the "white list" of states
that, unlike tax havens, respect international standards on
combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
In July, the Council of Europe's Moneyval department said
in a report that the Holy See had made some progress on
financial transparency, but added that more reforms were needed.
The issue of financial transparency in the Vatican is
sensitive.
The Holy See has denied speculation that the former head
of the Vatican Bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR),
was ousted in May over internal divisions concerning efforts to
attain international transparency standards.
Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone has maintained
that relations between Ettore Gotti Tedeschi and the IOR's board
members had simply broken down.

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