Money laundering / Financing of terrorism

International Legislation 

  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/1136 of 12 July 2016 updating the list of persons, groups and entities subject to Articles 2, 3 and 4 of Common Position 2001/931/CFSP on the application of specific measures to combat terrorism, and repealing Decision (CFSP) 2015/2430
  • Directive (EU) 2015/849 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 2015 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing, amending Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and repealing Directive 2005/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Commission Directive 2006/70/EC (Text with EEA relevance)


National legislation

  • Law No. 89/2017 of 21 August - Legal framework of the Central Registrar of Effective Beneficiary, transposing Chapter III of the EU Directive 2015/849 of the European Parliament and Council of 20 May 2015 and amends the Codes and other legal diplomas. 

  • Order No. 1013/2016 of 5 January (published in the Official Gazette 2nd Series on 21.01.2016) – appoints the Secretary of State for Tax Affairs to preside at the Coordination Commission for preventing and combating money laundering and terrorism financing. o
  • Order No. 9125/2013 published in the Official Journal, 2nd series of 12/07/2013. Establishes a Working Group, via studies of new GAFI standards and surveys of normative, institutional and operative instruments regarding matters covered by same, for drawing up proposals for legislative, regulatory and operational revisions which are required to ensure compliance with those standards.

  • Ministerial Order 150/2013 of 9 February - Approves the list of countries or jurisdications that are considered to have equivalent frameworks to those at national level, as regards requirements imposed on preventing money laundering and terrorism financing and its relevant supervision as per Article 2/8 of Law No. 25/2008 of 5 June.

  • Ministerial Order No. 41/2009, of 13th January concerning the countries and jurisdictions that are considered as having a similar framework to Portugal with respect to the requirements imposed for the prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing and its relevant supervision      
  • Law No. 25/2008, of 5th June, which lays down measures of prevention and law enforcement in the combat against  money laundering and terrorism financing. 
  • Decree-Law No.125/2008 of 21 July - Establishes national measures required for the effective application of (EC) Regulation No. 1781/2006 of the European Council and Parliament of 15-11-2006, concerning information on the payer that must accompany fund transfers.

  • Law No. 59/2007 of 4 September - Amends text of Article 368-A (Laundering) of the Penal Code, inserted by Law No. 11/2004 of 27th March.
  • Law No. 52/2003 of 22 August (consolidated version) - Law on the combat against terrorism (in compliance with Council Framework Decision No. 2002/475/JAI of 13th June) - as amended by Law No. 25/2008 of 5th June and by Law No. 17/2011 of 3rd May and the base version of Law No. 52/2003 of 22nd August amended by Rectification Statement No. 16/2003 of 16-10 in the Official Journal, 2nd series, No. 251 of 29-10-2003.
  • Law No. 11/2002 of 16th February, which establishes the sanctions framework applicable to the non-compliance of sanctions imposed by the EU Regulations  and stipulates injunctions.      
  • Law No. 5/2002, 11 January - Establishes measures for fighting against organised economic and financial crime, laying down a special system for collecting evidence, breach of the professional secrecey duty and loss of assets to the State in relation to different types of of unlawful acts, i.e. money laundering and counterfeiting money and similar financial instruments.

  • National Assembly Resolution No. 70/97 of 13 December - Approves the Convention on Laundering, Detection, Appropriation and Confiscation of Crime Proceeds, of the European Council, signed by Portugal on the 8 November 1990. (Ratified by Decree of the President of the Republic No. 73/97 of 13 December and the Deposit of the Instrument of Ratification of Convention – Notice No. 17/99 of 1 February).

  • CMVM Regulations