European Union lawmakers have approved the world’s first comprehensive cryptocurrency regulation, aiming to bring transparency, consumer protection, and legal certainty to the rapidly evolving digital asset market. The new regulatory framework will address numerous aspects of the cryptocurrency ecosystem, including ICOs, stablecoins, and digital asset service providers.
– The legislation aims to provide a clear and comprehensive regulatory framework for the cryptocurrency market within the European Union, offering legal clarity and consumer protection.
– The new regulations cover a wide range of topics, including initial coin offerings (ICOs), stablecoins, and digital asset service providers. The goal is to strike a balance between fostering innovation and ensuring the safety and security of the digital asset market.
– The regulatory framework mandates that cryptocurrency exchanges and wallet providers operating within the EU must be registered and licensed, and must follow anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing (CTF) regulations.
– The rules also require that operators disclose information about the issuers of digital assets and the underlying technology, enabling investors to make informed decisions.
– The EU aims to reduce the risk of fraud and money laundering through these new regulations, while also paving the way for legitimate businesses and entrepreneurs to thrive in the cryptocurrency market.
– The legislation has been praised for its potential to bring transparency and trust to the digital asset market, while critics argue that it may stifle innovation and lead to the departure of some cryptocurrency businesses from the EU.
– The new regulatory framework is expected to come into effect in the coming months, after which EU member states will have 18 months to adopt and implement the necessary national legislation
Source: R. Browne, EU lawmakers approve world’s first comprehensive framework for crypto regulation, CNBC (20th April 2023); see https://www.cnbc.com/2023/04/20/eu-lawmakers-approve-worlds-first-comprehensive-crypto-regulation.html
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