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    Finance Latvia Association together with the European Commission Representation in Latvia and Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns Law Office is organizing a working discussion amongst policy makers and experienced practioners on the future of blockchain in the financial industry from the EU and Baltic perspective.

    The goal of the workshop “Blockchain in the financial industry – future perspectives in EU and Baltics” is to lay ground for joint Baltic proposals towards a position on the future use of blockchain technology in the EU financial market.

    The tremendously fruitful co-operation with the European Commission that begun with a joint position regarding the future of the EU financial market submitted to the EC on behalf of nine associations on June 2017 and discussion on the FinTech Action Plan on March 23, 2018, should be continued.

    The event will take place on August 9,2018 in partnership with Latvijas Banka, Estonian Banking Association, Swedbank, Blockchain Development Association of Latvia and Latvian Blockchain Association from 12.00 to 15.00 at the EU House, 28 Aspazijas bulvāris  (2nd floor).

    Blockchain is a digital technology that promises to transform the financial sector with disruptive innovations.  It could deliver notably improved efficiency for businesses and significantly enhance transparency and lower costs for consumers. It equally contributes to wider accessibility of financial services through decentralized delivery channels and peer to peer applications that do not require additional authorization. Blockchain technology completely reshapes the way that the financial sector operates today.


    12.00 – 12.15 – registration and coffee

    12.15 – 12.20 – opening remarks by Sanda Liepiņa, CEO, Finance Latvia Association

    12.20 – 12.30 – “European leadership in a digital technology? The European Blockchain Partnership aims for a cross-border Blockchain services infrastructure” presentation by Pēteris Zilgalvis, J.D., Head of Unit, Digital Innovation and Blockchain, Digital Single Market Directorate, DG CONNECT, Co-Chair, FinTech Task Force, European Commission

    12.30 – 12.40 – “Regulatory sandboxes. Blockchain technology use case studies. Legal aspects” presentation by Māris Vainovskis, Senior Partner, Attorney at Law, Head Banking and Finance, Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns

    12.40 – 12.50 – "Blockchain platform for financial institution data exchange: First use case - SWEET pre-study" by Justinas Jurkonis, Agile Product Owner at Open Banking Pilot Platforms, Swedbank

    12.50 - 13.00 - "Common misunderstandings and mythologization of Blockchain technology" presentation by Anatoly Ressin, Blockchain Architect & CEO of Blockvis, Board Member of Latvian Blockchain Association

    13.00 – 14.00 - Discussion moderated by Mr. Zilgalvis with participation of:

    • Deniss Fiļipovs, Head of Payment Systems Policy Division, Latvijas Banka (LV)
    • Asse Sauga, Member of the Board, Estonian Cryptocurrency Association (EE)
    • Jānis Graubiņš, Member of Blockchain Policy and Framework Conditions Working Group at EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum; Business Analyst at Verum Capital, Co-founder at Notakey (LV)
    • Alexander Zelinsky, Member of Board, Velvet Finance Limited (UK)
    • Justinas Jurkonis, Agile Product Owner at Open Banking Pilot Platforms, Swedbank (LT)
    • Lev Bass, Member of the Board, Blockchain Development Association of Latvia (LV)

    14.00 – 14.20 – coffee break and networking

    14.20 – 15.00 – introduction of Remote identification of customers (“Procedure and scope of remote identification performed by a subject of the Law on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing” passed the Cabinet of Ministers on July 3rd) by Edgars Pastars, Legal Counsel, Finance Latvia Association

    • Q&A and Closing

    Follow the event on-line at the European Commission Representation in Latvia Facebook page @EiropasKomisija

    Working language – English. Information about the venue of the event:


    This event is organized within Open Digital Financial Framework that has been approved by the Council of Finance Latvia Association on December, 2017. That envisages Latvia at the forefront of the Open Digital Finance in the EU by the end of 2022.

    Open Digital Finance Framework priorities for 2018:

    • Increase awareness about opportunities of open financial services, provide PSD2 implementation support.
    • Improve information exchange between financial firms and government institutions.
    • Develop cooperation platform amongst all participants of an Open Digital Finance.
    • Improve data exchange with state institutions, including defining structure of metadata necessary for financial industry and easing access to centralized information/registers.
    • Develop solutions for common digital identification and remote onboarding, including industry wide KYC Utility.  

    We are happy that some tasks are completed already, just to be mentioned, transformation of Association of Latvian Commercial Banks into the Finance Latvia Association a coherent, structured and transparent platform for cooperation of various financial firms and adoption of Governmental regulation on remote identification of customers for more secure and convenient customer interaction.  

    To promote the discussion on EC initiatives on financial technology and to continue dialog on development of more competitive and innovative solutions in Baltics, on March 23, 2018, at the Latvijas Banka Golden Hall discussion on “Future of Financial Technology in Baltic's and EU” was held. It was a joint initiative with the EC Cabinet of Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and was rooted in successful interaction of summer of 2017 when Finance Latvia Association had gathered nine financial and related field associations of Latvia to develop and further submit to the EC a joint position regarding the future of the EU financial market.

    Mr. Dombrovskis upon thorough assessment of all proposals received from all across the Europe has presented Capital Markets Union package on March 8, 2018.  Package encompasses an Action Plan on sustainable finance with suitable regulatory measures to be implemented and an initiative on Financial Technology (FinTech).  As a part of its efforts to build a Capital Markets Union the Commission has presented a new series of actions that aim to connect finance with the specific needs of the European economy and to enable the financial sector to make use of the rapid advances in new technologies.

    Finance Latvia Association is committed to deepen the meaningful discussion of FinTech Action Plan in the Baltics started back in 2017 with the input provided on EC consultation.


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