Regulator fines Citadele bank nearly 650,000 euros
Latvia's financial regulator, the Financial and Capital Market  Commission (FKTK) said April 30 it is fining retail bank Citadele nearly 650,000 euros for failures in its approach to countering money laundering.
Former Krājbanka board faces prospect of paying 15 million euros
Former members of the board of defunct bank Latvijas Krājbanka (Latvian savings bank) face the prospect of having to find around 15 million euros between them as a result of failures of oversight while they were supposed to be ensuring the bank was run in a proper manner, reported Latvian Radio April 28.
Swedbank once again last year's top earning bank
Last year Swedbank once again topped the list for audited profits among Latvian banks according to bank public financial records, while four banks posted losses, according LETA news agency on April 22.
"Cat's Mill" is named Latvian coin of the year
The collector coin titled "Cat's Mill" dedicated to the literary work of the Latvian poet, prose-writer and politician Kārlis Skalbe (1879–1945) has been voted Latvia's Coin of the Year 2019 in public vote, the Latvian central bank (Latvijas Banka, LB) announced April 14.
Banks raise contactless pay limit to 50 euros
Latvia's retail banks have agreed to raise the standard limit for "contactless" transactions to 50 euros from the previous 25 euros, saying that doing so will potentially help counter the spread of coronavirus via buttons and keypads.
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First Smart-ID users must update data
For those who began using the Smart-ID online authentication app three years ago, this year their accounts will expire and around 60,000 people will need to update their personal information, according to the Latvian Radio broadcast “Eiro fokusā” on February 11.
Former private banker detained in ABLV case
A court has ordered the detention of Andris Ovsjaņņikovs, a former ABLV Bank private banker in connection with an ongoing €50 million money laundering investigation, reports Latvian Radio.
Swedish financial regulator probing SEB's Baltic operations
Sweden's financial regulator announced December 18 it is launching "a sanction case in the investigation into Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB’s (SEB) governance and control of measures to combat money laundering in the bank’s subsidiaries in the Baltic countries."