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Pre-paid mobile card users to be registered as part of a plan to reduce grey economy

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAt the meeting of state secretaries on 20 October, a proposal was presented from the transport ministry to begin registration of mobile pre-paid card users.

In June 2016, Grey Economy Combating Council approved the action plan for reducing grey economy in 2016-2020. This plan provides Transport Ministry and associations to consider the possibility and usefulness of introducing legal regulations that would make it mandatory for mobile network operators to register people using pre-paid mobile cards.

The goal of this plan is to enhance grey economy combating measures, as well as measures aimed at preventing terrorist threats, BNN was informed by TM.

To prepare justified proposals for review in the Cabinet of Ministers, mobile service operators LMT, TELE2 and Bite Latvia were asked to provide their opinions. The situation in EU member states was carefully analysed to prepare the most objective report on registration of pre-paid card user data.

Opinions of mobile network operators differ on this matter. For example, TELE2 believes the plan’s established goals will not be achieved. Instead this measure will only create a bigger administrative burden on mobile network operators. LMT and Bite Latvija both believe registration of pre-paid card users is an important tool in helping the plan achieve its goals. In addition, both mobile network operators do not think it will require any big investments from them, adding that the popularity of pre-paid cards has a tendency to reduce in favour of services only accessible to registered users. Information received from all involved sides, including experience of other countries, shows that registration of pre-paid card users is a supportable measure.

It is currently possible to purchase pre-paid cards from mobile service operators, retail trade stores, kiosks and petrol stations.

The draft of the project has been submitted for coordination to ministries and institutions. Once the draft is complete, it will be submitted to the government for review.

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