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03.06.2021 The Belarusian delegation took part in the events of the 34th EAG Plenary Meeting

The Plenary Meeting of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism (EAG) was held on June 2-3, 2021 in the format of video conferencing due to the restrictive measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Within the framework of the Plenary Meeting, meetings of the EAG working groups were also held.
The events were attended by representatives of the EAG member states, the FATF Secretariat (Financial Action Task Force on Combating Money Laundering), as well as states and organizations with observer status in the EAG.
The Belarusian delegation included representatives of the Financial Monitoring Department and the Financial Investigations Department of the State Control Committee, the National Bank and the Ministry of Finance.
Based on the results of the meetings of the EAG working groups on typologies, technical assistance and on mutual evaluations and legal issues, the 34th EAG Plenary Meeting approved amendments to the HR-related documents, the EAG Annual report for 2020, the EAG work plan for the 2nd half of 2021, as well as the modality of the short-term secondment of experts from the EAG Member States to the EAG Secretariat.
Taking into account the epidemiological situation, the Plenary Meeting agreed upon the changes to the Schedule of the second round of mutual evaluations in the EAG Member States and the Schedule of EAG Plenary Meetings in 2022–2026.
The Plenary Meeting heard the 2nd progress report of the Republic of Tajikistan as part of the second round of EAG mutual evaluations and noted the progress made by the country in terms of improving the AML/CFT system and agreed to increase the rating on some FATF recommendations. The representative of the Financial Monitoring Department of the State Control Committee of Belarus is one of the expert evaluators.
The Plenary participants agreed upon the work plans within the framework of the on-going typologies projects- Optimization and review of previous EAG projects and the EAG AML/CFT financial investigation guidance, discussed proposals for monitoring the operational situation in the EAG member states in terms of new risks and also interim reports on the identification and analysis of money laundering and terrorist financing risks in the Eurasian region.
The Plenary Meeting approved the Project plan on improvement of the mechanisms of the risk-based approach in supervisory activities in the EAG region.
The Plenary summarized the results of the first meeting of the International Compliance Council, which has proved to be an effective platform for cooperation between representatives of the private sector and supervisory authorities and financial intelligence units of EAG member states.
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