In response to the European Commission's anti-money laundering blacklist revealed today, Nienke Palstra, Senior Anti-Corruption Campaigner at Global Witness, said:
''Despite the European Commission going further than anyone has been willing to before, an EU money-laundering blacklist that doesn’t include the world’s biggest secrecy jurisdictions - such as the US - is an exercise in diplomacy, not a tool to fight corruption. With huge global money laundering scandals coming out of Europe, such as Danske Bank, the EU should urgently be tackling financial crime within and beyond its borders. The EU led the world when it agreed new rules requiring full transparency of the real owners behind EU companies last year, but it has lost its nerve in pressuring others to do the same.''
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