FATF Workshop - 26 September 2016

You are welcome to register and participate in a workshop about the Financial Action Task Force country evaluation of Ireland and how this relates to nonprofit organisations/charities. The event jointly organized by Dr. Oonagh Breen from the Sutherland School of Law, the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law, the European Foundation Centre, and Human Security Collective will take place on Monday September 26th from 11:00 – 15:00 at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin.

This year, Ireland is scheduled for a mutual evaluation review from the intergovernmental body Financial Action Task Force (FATF).  The FATF calendar indicates that representatives from the FATF are due to visit Ireland in November/December 2016 to investigate if Ireland lives up to the recommendations that are set by the FATF. The FATF is a policy-making organisation that leads the international fight against money laundering and terrorist financing. One of its standards, FATF Recommendation 8, specifically aims to mitigate the risk of terrorist financing by way of non-profit organisations (NPOs). The implementation of Recommendation 8 at a national level can either enable or constrain the activities of affected NPOs. 

The aim of this meeting is to get a good understanding of how the FATF system works, what are the current issues at stake for Irish actors, both State (Government, Charity Regulator, Garda Síochána, etc) and NPOs; and to learn how NPOs can engage in the evaluation process. We will also share NPOs’ experience with recent FATF evaluations in other countries. We hope that you, as an NPO, committed both to insuring that NPOs can operate in an enabling environment and to mitigating the risk of abuse for the financing of terrorism, will be able to join us on September 26 for this interactive session. 

Please confirm your attendance or that of an appropriate associate to Hanna Surmatz, European Foundation Centre at HSurmatz@efc.be