On Wednesday, June 5, the conference "Towards Effective Prevention and Combating of Money Laundering" was held in Riga. It was organised as the closing event of the "Anti-Money Laundering Training Programme", which has been implemented since 2017, in cooperation with the Structural Reform Service of the European Commission and the Fiscal Information and Investigation Service of the Netherlands (FIOD -Fiscale inlichtingen- en opsporingsdienst). The Training Programme was specifically developed to strengthen the capacity of the law enforcement, judicial system, supervisory authorities and other competent institutions of Latvia in the field of mitigation of money laundering risks.
The opening event for the third season of the #FraudOff! anti-fraud movement is planned for Wednesday, 24 April, with a press conference and a discussion. The goal of this social information campaign is to expand knowledge of fraudulent activities, illegal business and other practices among the general public, also drawing attention to the negative consequences that such phenomena have on the prosperity of the country as a whole and every individual in particular.
On Wednesday, 10 April, during a working visit, the Minister for Finance, Jānis Reirs, met with the US Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing, Marshall Billingslea, to introduce him to the Latvian Government's financial sector control reform, the so-called “Overhaul”. During the meeting, Mr. Billingslea praised both what the Government has accomplished in such a short period and their future plans for straightening out the financial sector in Latvia.
Latvia’s Ministry of Finance took a landmark step toward the creation of a cohesive pan-Baltic capital market today, with the formal acknowledgement of the key points raised by a new assessment report.
On Friday, March 29, the Minister for Finance met with the US Deputy Chief of Mission in Latvia Paul Poletes, to discuss the cooperation between the countries and the topical issues of the financial sector. The Minister and the Deputy Chief of Mission were unanimous as to the importance of the financial sector stability both in Latvia and on an international scale.
In light of the commitment of the Government to take immediate measures for strengthening the ability of Latvia to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism, as well as to enhance the regulation for liquidation of credit institutions, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) has prepared the amendments to the Law On the Financial and Capital Market Commission (FCMC) and the Credit Institutions Law. These draft laws are part of the 'capital repair' of the sector announced by the Prime Minister and foresee significant changes in the institutions supervising the financial sector.
On 13th of March, The Ministries of Finance of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania commenced a joint public consultation on the Interim Report of Introduction of Pan-Baltic Covered Bond Legal and Regulatory framework (The Interim Report). The Interim Report, prepared in cooperation within the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), reflects views of experts of the Ministries of Finance of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
In light of the stipulation of the Governmental Action Plan to take immediate measures for strengthening the ability of Latvia to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism, as well as to enhance the regulation for liquidation of the credit institutions, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) will propose the amendments to the Law On the Financial and Capital Market Commission (FCMC) and the Credit Institutions Law. Draft laws providing for significant change in the supervisory authorities of the financial sector are expected to be passed for review to the government within the nearest future.
On March 7, the Minister for Finance Jānis Reirs met with the Vice-President of the European Investment Bank Alexander Stubb and discussed the topicalities of cooperation between Latvia and the EIB, including the EIB funding for the projects in Latvia, progress of the InvestEU proposal and the impact of Brexit on the EIB.
On 4th of March governors and alternate governors of the Nordic and Baltic countries will meet the US nominee for selection of the next president of the World Bank. The nomination process runs until 14th of March. So far, the US is the only country to have made public its nomination. The meeting is part of a string of meetings that Malpass has with European governors.
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