2.11.2020. ES vēršas pret “zelta pases” programmām Kiprā un Maltā

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EU was launching legal action against Cyprus and Malta over their investor citizenship programs, also known as “golden passport” schemes.
The schemes allow wealthy foreigners to buy citizenship in exchange for an investment of around 1 mill. EUR in Malta and 2 mill. EUR  in Cyprus.
This  decision was taken because Cyprus and Malta granted nationality – and thereby EU citizenship – without requiring “a genuine link with the country”, as passport holders were not obliged to reside there.
In a 2019 report the commission acknowledged golden visa and golden passport schemes posed similar money-laundering and organised crime risks.