Malta taken off the greylist by FATF

The FATF plenary held in Berlin voted to remove Malta off the greylist one year after the country earned the untrustworthy label


Malta was taken off the greylist in a secret vote during the plenary of the Financial Action Task Force on Wednesday.

The decision comes one year after Malta was labelled an untrustworthy financial jurisdiction by the global watchdog.

The formal announcement is expected to be made on Friday when the Berlin meeting comes to an end.

In 2021, Malta was placed on the greylist after the FATF found deficiencies in the fight against tax evasion and the way ultimate beneficiary owners are listed.

Malta was placed under increased scrutiny by international assessors and bodies as a result of greylisting, causing problems for operators in the financial services sector.

The latest decision comes four months after the FATF publicly announced that initial indications showed that Malta had substantially completed the necessary reforms and appeared to have addressed the shortcomings identified.

Malta had to implement a long list of changes on how to fight tax evasion, collect information on ultimate beneficial ownership, and how this information is shared between Maltese and international authorities.

The vote on Wednesday was held on a draft resolution, drawn up by evaluators, that was discussed in another secret meeting held earlier this year.

It is typical in votes like these that the country under scrutiny has no say, although lobbying does take place.

The Nationalist Party welcomed the news, adding that Malta should have never made it to the greylist in the first place. It said Bernard Grech was right when he had said it is possible to get Malta off the greylist within three months of the election.

The Malta Developers Association also welcomed the news.

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