ABI President Antonio Patuelli and General Manager Giovanni Sabatini wrote a letter to Prime Minister Mario Draghi, to Minister of Economy and Finance Daniele Franco and to Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, asking that the Italian government hire the initiative at the European Union for the European Anti-Money Laundering Authority to be based in Italy, where very important financial communities and leading legal and economic studies operate.
Patuelli and Sabatini underline that Germany has the headquarters of the European Central Bank, while France has the headquarters of the EBA (European Banking Authority), while Italy, so far, does not host any European financial authority. In the wider context of the Authorities and decentralized agencies in the Member States of the European Union, Italy hosts only the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa), based in Parma, and the European Training Foundation (ETF). , based in Turin. The Italian Banking Association – concluded Patuelli and Sabatini – also points out the strong commitment to legality, above all in anti-money laundering, which Italian banks have been developing for some time, even at the forefront in the European context.