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Lead Story

What's changed, what's stayed the same since 2003?


Industry Update

Infographic counters MPC 'swipe fee' claims

New cyber threat targets SMBs

Reservations about EMV security, timeline surface

Vatican looks outside EU for card solution


Debit in 2013: Life after Durbin

Ryan Feeley
First Annapolis Consulting

Are you ready to put your clients first?

Research Rundown

Mobile payments global forecast

The CBO's outlook through 2023

Striking that communication balance

Selling Prepaid

Prepaid in brief

TSYS to don program manager mantle

Synergy between ATMs, prepaid established


Payment alternatives, like microbrews, are good

Brandes Elitch
CrossCheck Inc.


Street SmartsSM:
Are leave behinds integral to the sales process?

Jeff Fortney
Clearent LLC

15 tips to boost merchant level sales

Peggy Bekavac Olson
Strategic Marketing

PCI programs: From spring cleaning to a full remodel

Chris Taylor

Should ISOs have an AML policy?

Adam Atlas
Attorney at Law

Company Profile

ABTEK Financial

New Products

Reshaping the restaurant POS

Benseron Information Technologies Inc.

Customer authentication in 30 seconds

Netverify Mobile
Jumio Inc.


Navigating the tradeshow circuit


Readers Speak

2013 events calendar

Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

March 11, 2013  •  Issue 13:03:01

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Vatican looks outside EU for card solution

A dispute with the Bank of Italy over potential money laundering led the Institute for Works of Religion, commonly known as the Vatican Bank or IOR, to partner with a payment processor in Switzerland, a country not part of the 27-state European Union. The agreement arrived approximately 40 days after POS card-present transactions in Vatican City were blocked.

Bank stops card payments at Vatican

In a statement issued Jan. 10, 2013, the Bank of Italy said it stopped the Deutsche Bank Italia from supporting POS equipment in the Vatican City State on Jan. 1, 2013, because the Vatican Bank does not have adequate anti-money laundering (AML) controls. The EU requires non-EU countries to have equivalent AML and fraud laws to do business with EU financial institutions. "The Vatican City does not have either a banking regulatory framework or European recognition of 'equivalence' for anti-money-laundering purposes," the Bank of Italy said in its release. "The Bank of Italy therefore had no choice but to reject the request for a 'moratorium' put forward by Deutsche Bank Italia for the POS machines it had installed in the Vatican City without the necessary authorization and which had subsequently been found during a Bank of Italy inspection."

Scandal precedes Bank of Italy decision

The Vatican Bank has been under scrutiny since the 1982 $4.7 billion collapse of Banco Ambrosiano, in which the Vatican was a major shareholder. Banco Ambrosiano was between $700 million and $1.5 billion in debt at the time. Much of the missing money was allegedly siphoned off via the Vatican Bank. The Vatican Bank agreed to pay $224 million to Banco Ambrosiano creditors for its role in the bank's collapse. In June 1982, Banco Ambrosiano Chairman Roberto Calvi was murdered in London. The banker had been convicted of illegally transferring more than $27 million out of Italy before fleeing the country.

Gotti Tedeschi, former IOR President, and another Vatican Bank executive are under investigation of suspected money laundering, Italian police said in September 2010. Tedeschi was removed as President of the Vatican Bank on May 24, 2012, but is still under investigation on suspicion he participated in money laundering while at the IOR.

The Council of Europe's Committee of experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (Moneyval) published an evaluation of the Vatican Bank in July 2012, stating the bank "has come a long way in a very short period of time." However, Moneyval said a "lack of clarity" remained about the role, responsibility, authority, powers and independence of the FIA. It called for independent supervision of the Vatican Bank.

Aduno agrees to process for Vatican

According to Vatican City State's 2011 financial report, Vatican museum visitors spent $122 million there that year. This transaction volume virtually ensured the Vatican would not have to search long to find a card transaction processor after the Bank of Italy blocked Deutsche Bank from supporting EU transactions there.

Switzerland payment services provider Aduno Group said Feb. 12, 2013, it is now responsible for processing all electronic card transactions at the Vatican. Switzerland, like Vatican City State, is not a member of the EU and is therefore not subject to EU regulation.

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