Recognizing the importance of international cooperation in the fight against money laundering and financing of terrorism, a group of Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) met at the Egmont Arenberg Palace in Brussels, Belgium, and decided to establish an informal network of FIUs for the stimulation of international co-operation. Now known as the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units, Egmont Group FIUs meet regularly to find ways to promote the development of FIUs and to cooperate, especially in the areas of information exchange, training and the sharing of expertise.
The Egmont Group has evolved over the years and is currently (2015) comprised of 151 member FIUs. The 2012 FATF Recommendations expect that FIUs apply for membership with the Egmont Group, therefore, the Egmont network of FIUs is expected to grow even further in the coming years.
After over 15 successful years of the Egmont Group, and with the publication of the revised FATF 40 Recommendations in 2012, it was necessary to amend the governing documents of the organization. The Charter Review Project team has produced a complimentary set of documents, which are interlinked and reference relevant FATF Recommendations. The revised Egmont Charter (2013), Egmont Principles for Information Exchange and Operational Guidance for FIUs provide the foundation for the future work of the Egmont Group and contribute to greater international cooperation and information exchange between FIUs.
The goal of the Egmont Group is to provide a forum for FIUs around the world to improve cooperation in the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism and to foster the implementation of domestic programs in this field. This support includes: