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The planned new federal authority against money laundering should take up their work as quickly as possible from Finance Minister Christian Lindner. "We want to act very quickly and there will be results in the course of this legislative period," said the FDP politician in Berlin. "So we're going to start at a lot of pace."

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With the creation of the new authority, the previous structures in the fight against money laundering should be made more efficient. "There will certainly also be a personnel reinforcement, but at its core it is about a paradigm shift in the method," said Lindner. Therefore, a greater recruitment for personnel is not to be expected. Talks within the federal government to the new authority are still running according to Lindner. "We talk to the countries and also with the staff councils."

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In the Federal Ministry of the Interior, it is said to be favored by the strengthening of existing structures than the establishment of a new federal authority. Lindner's Ministry had given the Interior Ministry a concept. However, there has been no understanding of certain points that could be problematic from the point of view of the Interior Ministry.

The new federal authority is intended to bundle the fragmented skills and, according to Lindner, include several pillars. A new Federal Finance Criminal Police Office should receive real investigative powers. The responsibility for the enforcement of sanctions is to be located in one place. The previous anti-money laundering unit FIU is to determine as a further pillar which suspected reports are investigated. In addition, according to Lindner, there should be a central position for the supervision of the non-financial sector at the federal government in order to coordinate country pollution. It is about the gambling or real estate industry, where a lot of black money is returned to the regular economic cycle.

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"The thick fish, they swim from it"

"in Germany we take care of the little fish in financial crime. But the thick fish, they swim from us, »said Lindner. Therefore, one wants to get the backers in the future. To do this, follow the trail of money. "Our goal is to combat financial crime, a more effective enforcement of sanctions and more strength of law to protect the honest taxpayers, the honest merchants from those who do not adhere to the rules.»

Basic praise for the proposal came from the German customs and finance union. It was welcome to bundle the skills. In addition, however, the burden of proof in the event of money was reversed. “An accused citizen has to prove that he is not involved in illegal business. Suspects must be able to be forced to disclose their sources for inexplicably high wealth. »

The police union was generally positive. However, the deputy chairman Frank Buckenhofer raised the question of whether the customs criminal office should actually work in the new authority or whether "a new further parallel structure with even more authorities should arise at the Federal Ministry of Finance.

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Criticism from Bavaria

North Rhine-Westphalia's Finance Minister Marcus Optendrenk (CDU) called for a transparent integration of all relevant authorities. It is important that the responsibilities of the tax administration of the federal states would not be touched. Criticism came from Bavaria: The federal government already has large authorities that could devote themselves to the topic, finance Minister Albert Füracker (CSU) told the Handelsblatt. The solution is not in an additional “mammoth authority”.

of the Grünen parliamentary group, Andreas Audretch, thinks it is right, "concentrating on the big fish, focusing complex flows of money and building the German patchwork in the supervision". Lindner's proposal is not enough. "At the same time, we have to get the other projects from the coalition agreement on the way," said Audretch. This applies, for example, for the ban on buying a real estate and the reform of the transparency register in order to end the real owners of real estate.

Chairman of the Budget Committee criticizes Lindner .
The chairman of the budget committee in the Bundestag, Helge Braun (CDU), criticized the general debate on the budget in parliament, Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP). In the coming year, this will not only make the 17.1 billion euros in debt that would be in the household, Braun said on Wednesday in the ZDF "Morgenmagazin". According to the Federal Audit Office, it is "four times that citizens have to pay back at some point".

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