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Chahed: Tunisia to be removed from blacklist of third countries at high risk of money laundering next November

Published the:  26/04/2018

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(TAP Correspondent Sofien Manai) - Tunisia will be removed from the European Union's black list of third countries at high risk of money laundering and terrorist financing next November, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said Thursday in Luxembourg.

"We have received promises from European countries that support the democratic transition experience in Tunisia, including the Benelux countries to push for removing Tunisia from this list by next November," Chahed said in a statement to TAP, after his meeting with Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg.

He added: "we have shown to the EU the reforms initiated by Tunisia at the request of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the extremely important bills put in place on the fight against terrorism and money laundering".

"These bills were recently submitted to parliament," he said.

On another level, Chahed stressed that Tunisia's ambition in the next two years (2018-2020) is to reach a much higher status with the European Union, as it shares with the Union’s member countries the same universal values ​​of democracy, freedom and respect for human rights.

"Tunisia's request for access to a new status with the European Union has found a favorable response within Europe," he said.

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, on Thursday night, wrapped up a four-day working visit (April 23-27) to the Benelux countries