Head of the State Financial Monitoring Service of Ukraine (hereinafter – the SFMS) Igor Cherkaskyi and the Head of the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Republic of Austria Johannes Peham signed Memorandum of Understanding concerning cooperation in the area of counteraction to legalization (laundering) of the proceeds obtained from crime, financing of terrorism and financing of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
The SFMS and the Financial Intelligence Unit of Austria have enshrined common interest in facilitating the prosecution of persons suspected on legalizing (laundering) of proceeds from crime, terrorist financing, and financing of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
The inked joint document on cooperation, in particular, fixed procedures for: exchanging information on financial transactions that may be related to suspicion of the legalization of proceeds from crime, terrorist financing and financing of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; protecting such information, its dissemination, and submission to the relevant competent authorities.
"The signing of the memorandum of understanding with the financial intelligence unit of Austria is an illustrative example of enhancing cooperation of the SFMS with European partners. Signing of such document scontributes to strengthening the global efforts of the international community in the area of counteraction to money laundering, terrorist financing and financing of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction", the Head of the SFMS stressed.
At present, the SFMS has concluded 77 international agreements on cooperation with financial intelligence units of foreign countries.