The Financial Analytics Office (FAU) is the main AML/CTF Supervisory authority in the Czech Republic. The FAU established a supervision division which closely cooperates with the supervision department of the Czech National Bank, covering the supervision of banks, credit unions, pension funds, investment funds, insurance companies and all capital market entities.
Other authorities with responsibility to monitor compliance with the key obligations under the AML Act in certain sections are as follows:
The AML Act contains several key obligations that must be respected to the maximum extent by all reporting entities, individuals and legal entities.
There are almost 40 categories of reporting entities under the AML Act, including banks, financial institutions, operator of hazardous games, people active in the real estate industry as well as intermediaries in the field, notaries and attorneys.
The obligations that apply to you as a reporting entity include the following:
You must conduct customer due diligence (CDD)
Not conclude a business transaction in certain cases (e.g. when the customer refuses to be identified or that identification cannot be concluded)
Assess the risk of money laundering and terrorist financing to your business
Disclose information on suspicious operations, transactions, and customers
Develop a system of internal AML principles
Deliver AML training for respective employees at least once per year
Provide the FAU with the requested information on customers or business activities
The reporting entities that are subject to the Czech Republic AML legislation. This includes persons acting (within their business capacity) as trustees of trusts are obliged to keep records of all data and documents on all transactions within a business relationship (including transactions between a trustee and a settlor or beneficiary) for a period of at least ten 10 years.
In March 2021, the Czech Republic AML Act was amended to include obligations for persons buying or selling real estate and/or acting as real estate brokers.
As an AML reporting entity, you have reporting obligations related to the cross-border transfer of funds. In addition, you must notify the FAU of any suspicious transactions that you have identified.
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* This page is intended as general information only and should not be relied on as the sole source of information for your AML obligations and AML program. Please visit your local regulatory authority sites for the latest relevant and full information.