The Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units is an important global financial network. Comprising over 150 members FIUs from around the world, the group was founded in 1995 to formulate coordinated policies and responses to financial crimes such as money laundering and terrorist financing. Member FIUs meet regularly to share intelligence and work on fostering the implementation of domestic programs to combat financial crimes.
The Egmont Group provides support to member FIUs by:
- promoting and formalizing intelligence sharing between FIUs
- offering training
- encouraging greater collaboration between member FIUs
- increasing communications security (through use of the Egmont Secure Web [ESW] system, for example)
- helping FIUs secure operational autonomy