Tunisia has been officially added to the blacklist of the European Union (EU) third countries thought to be “at high risk” of money laundering and financing of terrorism, the EU Parliament announced in a statement Wednesday.
Despite intense efforts by some MEPs, they failed to achieve the 376-vote absolute majority needed to reject the inclusion of Tunisia, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago to the European Commission’s list of non-EU countries considered to have strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and terrorism financing regimes.
This bad news comes as the country announces for mid-March a $ 1 billion fundraising in the international market. The decision of the European Parliament may have a significant impact on this bond loan.
In a statement to Parliament on Monday, February 5, the Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourová, declined some MEPs’ requests to delist Tunisia immediately.
She said the Commission would reassess the country’s progress “as early as possible” this year. “However, we are not there yet,” she added