Tag Archives: Eastern Europe

President Kaljulaid: Estonia did B+ job solving ID card crisis

By | November 10, 2017

Following an extraordinary meeting of the National Defence Council on Friday morning, President Kersti Kaljulaid said that Estonian agencies did a B+ job solving the ID card security issue that cropped up unexpectedly this fall. Kaljulaid told reporters that she convened the National Defence Council because she did not want to let a good crisis go to waste,… Read More »

Estonia – Government to suspend ID card certificates with security risk at midnight

By | November 3, 2017

The Estonian government decided at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday night to suspend the certificates of Estonian ID cards vulnerable to a detected security risk on Friday night at midnight. The government explained its decision at an emergency press conference called on Thursday night. “I apologize before all of our citizens and people who have not been able… Read More »

New boss for Poland’s state money-printing firm

By | October 20, 2017

Deputy Interior Minister Jakub Skiba has been appointed acting CEO of Poland’s state-owned money printing company.   Jakub Skiba. Photo: PAP/Rafał Guz   The former chairman of the board at the Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW), Piotr Woyciechowski, was dismissed by the company’s supervisory board earlier this week because of a growing conflict with employees and trade unions, the… Read More »

Bulgaria cuts red tape in process of issuing identity cards and passports

By | October 18, 2017

Bulgaria’s government decided on October 18 to reduce the requirements regarding documents to be submitted when applying for the issuing or replacement of identity cards and passports. The changes to the rules mean that when citizens have a change of national identity number, name, permanent address or gender and these facts are recorded in the national population database,… Read More »

Banca Transilvania takes the lead on the Romanian card market

By | October 13, 2017

Local lender Banca Transilvania is the largest card issuer in Romania with 3 million cards in its portfolio, and an 18.5% market share. The bank hasn’t specified how many of these are active cards. Banca Transilvania also ranks first for the volume of card transactions, with a 20% market share. The lender launched the first card in 2000.… Read More »

Wirecard Acts as Technology Provider for Twisto to Offer Contactless Payments in the Czech Republic

By | October 12, 2017

MUNICH, October 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Wirecard, the leading global specialist for digital payment solutions and internet technology, cooperates with Twisto to provide contactless payments via credit cards and wristbands at the point of sale (POS) in the Czech Republic. Twisto is the first FinTech company providing physical credit card payments in the region. The company was awarded as ‘Best European… Read More »

Bank card purchases in Hungary up 25% in Q2

By | September 18, 2017

The value of purchases made in Hungary with locally issued bank cards rose 25% year-on-year to HUF 1,066 billion in the second quarter of 2017, the National Bank of Hungary (MNB) said in a quarterly report published Friday, cited by state news agency MTI. Card holders made more and higher-value purchases in Hungary with slightly fewer bank cards… Read More »

Potential security risk could affect 750,000 Estonian ID cards

By | September 5, 2017

Last Thursday, Estonia’s Information System Authority (RIA) was informed by an international group of researchers that a potential security risk had been detected affecting all national ID cards issued in Estonia after October 2014. Estonian experts have determined that the potential risk does indeed exist, affecting 750,000 currently valid ID cards issued after Oct. 17, 2014. ID cards… Read More »

Decree on crossing border by foreigners on biometric passport came into force in Ukraine

By | September 2, 2017

ukr Kyiv: The decree on the crossing of the state border of Ukraine by foreigners only on the biometric passport since 2018 has come into force today. It was published in the newspaper “Government Courier”. Today, the decree signed by the President of Ukraine on the introduction of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on the introduction… Read More »

Bulgaria – Electronic Identity Cards are Postponed for 2019

By | August 28, 2017

The government is quietly preparing to postpone once again the introduction of personal documents with electronic identification. The new date on which the government is planning to introduce them is January 1, 2019. The previous Cabinet of Boyko Borissov had promised chip documents to become a reality in the beginning of 2018 after failing to handle this task… Read More »

Poland – Santander to Issue 100,000 Student Smart Cards in Poland

By | April 14, 2017

Santander Bank has partnered with universities in Poland as part of the bank’s Santander Universities branch to issue as many as 100,000 student smart cards, combining academic and payment functions on campus. The issued smart cards are part of the Santander Universities program with which Poland’s Bank Zachodni WBK wants to promote the idea of entrepreneurship among students… Read More »

Belarusians to Receive Biometric Passports in 2019

By | April 12, 2017

“I think that in 2019 we will start to issue the first biometric ID-passports. The procedure for obtaining them is under control by the Interior Ministry,” Syarhei Papkou, Minister of Communications and Information, said in the BelTA press center. The State Border Committee spoke about the introduction of biometric passports already in 2013. Last year, the Ministry of… Read More »

Highest Number of Romanian Passports in Six Years Issued in 2016

By | March 20, 2017

Almost 1.19 million passport requests were filled with Romanian authorities last year, a 24% increase year-on-year and a 42% increase compared to 2010, according to data from the Romanian Interior Affairs Ministry (MAI). The number covers both regular electronic passports and temporary ones. The growth trend is visible in the first months of the year as well. Romanian… Read More »