- The Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit is the national central agency in Malta that is responsible for the collection, collation, processing, analysis and dissemination of information with a view to combating money laundering and the funding of terrorism.
The Unit became operational on the 1st October 2002 when it was established by virtue of Legal Notice 297 of 2002, which brought into force the comprehensive amendments to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act that were enacted by means of Act XXXI of 2001. Though set up as an agency within the Ministry responsible for finance, the Unit has separate judicial personality and operates autonomously from its own offices with its own staff.
The responsibilities related to the governance of the Unit are divided among the Board of Governors and the Director, with the Board establishing the policy and the Director being tasked with the execution of that policy. The Director is also responsible for carrying out all other functions of the Unit not attributed by the Prevention of Money Laundering Act to the Board. He is assisted by permanent staff operating within four distinct Sections responsible for financial analysis, compliance, legal & international relations, and administration & IT.