Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
ROME

Vatican to meet bankers next week on credit-card crisis

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Rome, January 17 - Meetings next week between
Italy's central bank, the Vatican and its credit-card provider
could help to resolve the credit-card block that has plagued
visitors and the Vatican itself for weeks.
"The parties have resumed work and in the course of next
week there will be a technical meeting," a source familiar with
the problem told ANSA Thursday.
The meeting on January 25 between Vatican officials and
Deutsche Bank has been arranged by Italy's central bank in the
hope of finding a quick solution.
Since January 1, the Bank of Italy has frozen all
credit-card and ATM transactions inside Vatican City over its
failure to fully implement international anti-money-laundering
standards.
In late December, the central bank denied Deutsche Bank
Italy, the Vatican's former provider of electronic payment
services, a permit because of the Vatican's shortcomings in
financial controls and oversight.
The apparent tipping point that triggered the action was a
Rome prosecutor's investigation of possible money laundering in
2010 at the Vatican's bank, also known as the Institute for
Religious Works (IOR).
The Holy See has been trying without success to join the
'white list' of states that meet international standards on
combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
Last July, the Council of Europe's Moneyval department said
in a report that the Holy See had made progress on financial
transparency, but added that more reforms were needed.

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