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  • 15 Jan 2024 14:34 | Malta Institute of Accountants (Administrator)

    On 12th January 2024, the Council of the European Union has adopted Decision (CFSP) 2024/254 regarding the amendments to the Guatemala Sanctions Regimes.

    The Decision establishes a framework for targeted restrictive measures in view of the situation in Guatemala, which constitutes a threat to the stability of Guatemala and the region. The Decision provides for the freezing of funds and economic resources of, and the prohibition to make funds and economic resources available to, certain natural or legal persons, entities or bodies responsible for actions that undermine democracy, the rule of law or the peaceful transfer of power in Guatemala or undermining democracy or the rule of law in Guatemala, including through serious financial misconduct concerning public funds and the unauthorised export of capital, as well as against natural or legal persons, entities or bodies associated with them.

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  • 5 Jan 2024 14:00 | Malta Institute of Accountants (Administrator)

    The European Union has published a Commission Regulation (EU) 2023/2822 amending Regulation (EU) 2023/1803 as regards International Accounting Standard (IAS) 1. The Commission Regulation endorses the following Amendments to IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements:

    • Classification of Liabilities as Current or Non-current;
    • Classification of Liabilities as Current or Non-current – Deferral of Effective Date; and
    • Non-current Liabilities with Covenants.

    The endorsement of these amendments is now reflected in the updated EFRAG Endorsement Status Report.

    The Amendments aim to clarify the principles in IAS 1 for the classification of liabilities as either current or non-current, mainly clarifying the notion of settlement, specifying how an entity classifies a liability arising from a loan arrangement with covenants as current or non-current, and regulating the disclosures to be provided when an entity has loan arrangements with covenants that could require the loan arrangement to become payable within twelve months after the reporting period.

    The Amendments have become effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2024, with earlier application permitted. 

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  • 4 Jan 2024 13:51 | Malta Institute of Accountants (Administrator)

    Reporting Requirement for Cash Restriction Breach and ML/FT

    As of 1st January 2024 a significant change concerning reporting requirements has been introduced with respect to goAML. When there is an element of cash restriction breach and Money Laundering/Financing of Terrorism (ML/FT), two separate reports must be submitted via goAML under their respective report type. Essentially, an SCRBR highlighting the cash breach and an STR/SAR indicating the suspicious ML activity. Apart from that, it is imperative to include the respective report indicator Internal 09, on STR/SAR report type only. 

    A guidance document addressing the New Report Type on goAML: Suspicion of Cash Restriction Breach Report (SCRBR) has been released by the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU).


    New Technical Package Schema

    The FIAU also shared the updated technical package schema, incorporating improvements to enhance the accuracy and efficiency of reporting.

    Any questions or requests for clarification are to be addressed to goamlsupport@fiaumalta.org.

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  • 29 Dec 2023 15:24 | Malta Institute of Accountants (Administrator)

    Further to the publication of the International Standard on Auditing for Audits of Financial Statements of Less Complex Entities, known as ISA for LCEs, a standalone standard designed to the specific needs of an audit of less complex entities, the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) issued a Fact Sheet, Frequently Asked Questions and a presentation to support users. 

    Available resources can be accessed through this link.

  • 14 Dec 2023 09:24 | Malta Institute of Accountants (Administrator)

    On 12 December 2023, the Sanctions Monitoring Board published a Declaration in the Government Gazette in terms of article 7(5)(b) of the National Interest (Enabling Powers) Act.

    Therein the Sanctions Monitoring Board declares two vessels to be deemed as frozen since they have been deemed to belong, directly or indirectly, to an entity listed under Council Regulation 269/2014 of 17 March, 2014 concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

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  • 12 Dec 2023 12:19 | Malta Institute of Accountants (Administrator)

    Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/2789 of 11 December 2023 implementing Regulation (EU) No 401/2013 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Myanmar/Burma

    In view of the continuing grave situation in Myanmar/Burma, four persons and two entities should be added to the list of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies subject in Annex IV to Regulation (EU) No 401/2013.

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  • 12 Dec 2023 12:18 | Malta Institute of Accountants (Administrator)

    Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/2793 of 11 December 2023 implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/1529 concerning restrictive measures in view of Iran’s military support of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine

    In view of support to Russia’s war of aggression provided by the Iranian authorities six persons and five entities have been included in the list of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures set out in Annex III to Regulation (EU) 2023/1529.

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  • 12 Dec 2023 12:16 | Malta Institute of Accountants (Administrator)

    Security Council 2653 Sanctions Committee Adds 4 Entries to Its Sanctions List

    On 8 December 2023, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2653 (2022) approved the addition of four entries specified in the link to its Sanctions List of individuals and entities subject to the measures imposed by the Security Council and adopted under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations.

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  • 12 Dec 2023 12:15 | Malta Institute of Accountants (Administrator)

    Council Decision (CFSP) 2023/2768 of 8 December 2023 amending Decision 2010/788/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    On the basis of a review of the restrictive measures laid down in Article 3(2) of Decision 2010/788/CFSP, and considering the relevant circumstances and in view of the gravity of the situation in the DRC, those measures shall be renewed until 12 December 2024.

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  • 15 Nov 2023 13:45 | Malta Institute of Accountants (Administrator)

    On 14 November 2023, the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) concerning ISIL (Da’esh), Al‑Qaida and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities enacted the amendments to list entries and narrative summaries specified with underline and strikethrough, in connection with individuals and entities subject to the assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo set out in paragraph 1 of Security Council resolution 2610 (2021), and adopted under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations

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