Decision of the Council of Ministers
The Council of Ministers, during its meeting on 16/12/2020, on the basis of a relevant proposal of the "Advisory Authority for Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing", which was made pursuant to the provisions of Article 57 (b) of "on Preventing and Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Laws from 2007 to 2019" decided to:
- Appoint the Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver, of the Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry (“the Registrar”), as the competent authority for the maintenance of the central Register of the Real Beneficiaries of companies and other legal entities registered in Cyprus and
- Authorise the Registrar to collect information about the real beneficiaries of companies and other legal entities through the intermediary system solution that has been developed.
Registrar of Companies system
Based on the above, the Department of the Registrar of Companies announced that the starting date for data collection for companies is 22 February 2021.
From this date, companies will be granted a period of 6 months for recording in the system that has been developed, the information concerning their real beneficiaries.
It is emphasised that the system that has been developed is an intermediary solution and access to it will only be granted to competent authorities, upon relevant request to the Registrar of Companies.
The information collected will be transferred to the final system solution to be developed in the second half of 2021 and access to it will be based on the provisions of the 5th European Directive (EU 2018/843) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018, concerning the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing. It is noted that, once developed, it will be open to the general public, obliged entities and competent authorities.