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FIA - THE FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE AUTHORITY

The Financial Intelligence Authority, is the competent authority of the Holy See/Vatican City State for fighting money-laundering and financing of terrorism. In that capacity, the FIA carries out the tasks of financial intelligence unit and supervisor, both for prudential purposes, and the prevention and countering of money-laundering and financing of terrorism.

Established by Pope Benedict XVI with the Apostolic Letter in form of "Motu Proprio" of 30 December 2010, FIA's institutional mandate has been consolidated by means of the Apostolic Letter in form of "Motu Proprio" by Pope Francis on 10 August 2013, which assigns to the FIA the role of prudential supervision, and by means of the Apostolic Letter in form of "Motu Proprio" by Pope Francis on 15 November, which approved the new Statutes. The FIA carries out its institutional activity according to the Vatican Law n. XVIII of 8 October 2013.

The FIA is a member of the Egmont Group, the global network of financial intelligence units, and, so far, has stipulated Memoranda of Understanding with the financial intelligence units of various Countries for the purposes of collaboration and exchange of information, like, inter alia , Australia, Argentine, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, Nederland, Peru, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Spain, Slovenia, United Kingdom and United States of America.