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Brussels has rebuked national governments in the EU for failing to apply rules aimed at making it harder for terror organisations and criminal gangs to hide their money by shifting it around European countries. Vera Jourova, the EU justice commissioner, told the Financial Times that as many as 17 EU countries may have failed to put the rules in place on time, despite them having more than two years to do so. The measures require countries to set up national registers showing the ultimate "beneficial owners" of companies, which can then be accessed by authorities throughout the EU.The rules, known as the "fourth anti-money laundering directive", were supposed to take full effect across the EU on June 26 .
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