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Five reasons to use MFSA’s Payment Accounts Fees Comparison Tool

Financial consumer protection and education lies at the heart of the Malta Financial Services Authority’s mission. With the firm belief that good choices start with informed decisions, the MFSA is continually making available online tools and resources as part of its commitment to providing accurate...

Eurozone economic confidence reaches pre-pandemic level

Confidence in the eurozone economy improved sharply in April as the region’s vaccination programme picked up speed, paving the way for a lifting of coronavirus restrictions in the coming months. Survey results from the European Commission showed on Thursday that its economic confidence index recovered to...

Malta passes MoneyVal test after raft of reforms

Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering expert committee approves Malta report   Malta’s anti-money laundering regime has formally passed a review by Moneyval. The Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering expert committee, known as Moneyval, voted during a plenary in Strasbourg on Thursday to approve a final report on Malta. Although...

Scope Ratings confirms Malta’s A+ rating with a stable outlook

A German credit rating agency has reaffirmed Malta’s A+ credit rating and stable outlook, saying the country has strong growth potential coupled with prudent fiscal performance.   Berlin-based Scope Ratings said that in its view, the risks Malta faces over the next 12 to 18-month period are...

DAC 2 / CRS / FATCA extension in reporting deadline

The Office of the Commissioner for Revenue has informed the IFSP that, due to the continued exceptional circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic that have created a challenging environment, an extension for the submission of the report containing Financial Account information relating to Reporting...

Not business as usual at FIAU

Fight against money laundering 'not a sprint but a marathon'   For years, the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) was rendered toothless. It suffered from a lack of sufficient resources, a weak political direction to prevent financial crime and little interest on the part of the police...

Accountancy turned into ‘inferior’ profession

Nexia BT's alleged wrongdoings cast 'heavy shadow'   Nexia BT partners alleged financial crime has turned accountancy into an “inferior grade” profession in the eyes of many, the president of the Malta Institute of Accountants (MIA) told its members. Writing to more than 3,500 accountants in Malta, Fabio Axisa...

MFSA begins process for authorisation of Company Service Providers

From Tuesday, the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) is receiving applications for authorisation in terms of the Company Services Providers (CSP) Act. This applies to individuals and entities providing corporate services such as, the provision of directorships, company secretarial services, registered offices or incorporations, who...

IFSP welcomes publication of new CSP Rulebook

The MFSA last night, 15 March 2021, published the new Company Service Providers (CSP) Rulebook, which translates the updated CSP Act into a workable regulatory framework. CSPs requiring authorisation will be able to submit their applications to the Authority through the MFSA’s LH Portal between 16...

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