In December 2012, the Heads of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Ukraine signed an Agreement on the establishment of the Council of Heads of Financial Intelligence Units of the CIS Member States (approved by decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated June 17, 2014 No. 838) at the meeting of the Council of Heads of State of CIS in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan). In 2018 Uzbekistan was joined.
The Council of Heads of Financial Intelligence Units of the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States is a body of sectoral cooperation of the Commonwealth of Independent States and is intended to organization and coordination on countering the legalization (laundering) of criminal proceeds and the financing of terrorism.
The Council is accountable to the Council of Heads of State of CIS in its activities and carries out its activities in cooperation with the CIS Executive Committee, the Interparliamentary Assembly of the CIS member states, other CIS bodies, and, if necessary, the executive bodies of international organizations, the Financial Action Task Force (hereinafter FATF) and FATF-style regional bodies, as well as state authorities of the CIS member states.
The Council consists of heads of financial intelligence units of the States which take part to the Agreement.
The main activities of the Council are:
• organization of interaction between financial intelligence units and other interested bodies of CIS member states, as well as CIS bodies, whose sphere of activity includes combating legalization (laundering) of criminal proceeds and financing of terrorism;
• identification of priority areas for cooperation and adoption of joint effective measures;
• promoting the development of common approaches to harmonize the national legislation of the CIS member states;
• development of proposals for improving the legal framework for cooperation among the CIS member states;
• ensuring the implementation of the documents adopted within the framework of the CIS.
The official website of the CHFIU: www.fiu-cis / org