EU regulatory trio offers warning on crypto assets risk

The European Supervisory Authorities have sent out a warning to consumers that many crypto assets are ‘highly risky and speculative’.

Will Europe become more crypto friendly than the US?

As U.S. regulators clamp down on crypto, industry advocates warn the country risks sending the future of finance abroad. And several competing jurisdictions hope to position themselves as crypto hubs.

It may surprise you, but the United States’ stiffest competition could come from the European Union. It might be counter-intuitive; after all, Europe isn’t known to have a light touch when it comes to regulating business. But with a population larger than that of the United States’, an economy that isn’t far behind, and a rule-making process that’s on track to give crypto the regulatory guidance it so desperately seeks, a consensus has emerged: the world’s third-largest economy might not be such a bad place to start your crypto business. In today’s episode, we’ll take a look at what the bureaucrats in Brussels are up to.

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Webinar: An Overview of EU Policy on Digital Finance and Digital Assets

World Council of Credit Unions’ (WOCCU) International Advocacy hosted this June 28, 2022 virtual event to examine developments in the European Union on new regulations surrounding digital finance, including crypto assets, digital assets, cybersecurity, payments, open banking and more. Price and a panel of experts discussed the regulations and the potential implications for credit unions. With the European Union leading the way on digital finance, these regulations could have implications for regulatory approaches in other parts of the world as well.

The webinar also featured presentations from:

Nickolas Reinhardt, Co-Founder and Director, Afore Consulting
Andreia Jones Rodrigues, Junior Consultant, Afore Consulting

Paris Blockchain Summit III – Is MICA regulation going to kill the European crypto industry?

The “Paris Blockchain Summit” is the oldest international event dedicated to Blockchain technology in France. At each edition, PBS brings together the international community in a unique and breathtaking setting conducive to connecting players wishing to promote the sector.

PANEL: Is MICA regulation going to kill the European crypto industry?

Moderator : Rémy André Ozcan – FFPB.

Speakers: John Ho – Standard Chartered Bank, Joana Neto – European Banking Authority, Dimitrios Psarakis – Head of EU Affairs and Financial Strategy, XReg Consulting.

Blockchain & Crypto Assets : the European Union’s Policy and Regulation

The lecture will provide an overview of the European Union’s policy for blockchain technologies. A blockchain network for cross border cooperation in the public sector is emerging. The proposed Crypto Assets Market Regulation and regulatory sandboxes will enhance legal certainty. Environmental concerns, however, remain an issue and call for a thoughtful policy response.

Dr. Lukas Repa LL.M (Bruges) worked as European research fellow at the IES from 2017 to 2018. Lukas then explored the impact of FinTech on competition in banking, and the relevance of initial coin offerings for crowdfunding start-ups. Lukas is a senior policy officer of the European Commission where he has been working since 2003. Lukas has a legal background and qualified as attorney at law at the bar of Vienna, Austria. In the European Commission, Lukas has led antitrust investigations into card payment networks, in retail banking, in insurance and in capital markets (credit default swaps). Since December 2018, Lukas heads a legal department tasked with industrial policy for start-up innovation and blockchain technologies. Lukas is involved in the EU’s Markets In Crypto Assets Regulation (MiCA), in setting up a pan-European regulatory sandbox for blockchain, in exploring the potential of programmable digital money for industry 4.0, and in the European Central Bank’s Digital Euro project.