The European Parliament has backed a move to bring closer regulation to cryptocurrencies. The parliament’s members voted by a large majority on Thursday to support a December 2017 agreement with the European Council for measures aimed, in part, to prevent the use of cryptocurrencies in money laundering and terrorism financing. The parliament members passed the move by 574 yes […]

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The EU nation of Malta is moving closer to introducing a test that would clearly define when assets derived from initial coin offerings (ICOs) are securities. In a consultation paper published Friday, for which it is currently seeking public feedback, the Malta Financial Services Authority (FSA) set out a proposal for a so-called Financial Instrument Test, […]

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A group of 22 European nations has formed a new blockchain partnership aimed to exchange information on the technology. The countries, including the U.K., France, Germany, Norway, Spain and the Netherlands, signed a declaration on Tuesday establishing the new group, dubbed the European Blockchain Partnership, according to a release from the European Commission. The collaboration is aimed to […]

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The Bank of England, the U.K.’s central banking authority, is developing a proof-of-concept (PoC) examining how to maintain privacy over a distributed ledger-based network while still allowing a regulatory overview of the data. Partnering for the project with Chain, a blockchain startup that develops infrastructure protocols, the Bank of England released a paper on Wednesday setting […]

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European Commission (EC) Vice-President Andrus Ansip has recently called on Europe to become a world leader in digital innovation by embracing Blockchain technology, along with Artificial Intelligence (AI),  in a speech at EC’s Digital Day 2018 in Brussels Tuesday, April 10. Quoting a British international technology investment firm Atomico, Ansip argued that Europe is “home […]

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The U.K.’s financial watchdog has warned that companies offering services around cryptocurrency derivatives “likely” need to be authorized by the agency. In a statement posted to its website Friday, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), said that although it doesn’t consider cryptocurrencies to be currencies or commodities for regulatory purposes, cryptocurrency derivatives may be financial instruments under current directives. […]

Derivatives

Spanish tax authorities have sent requests for information on cryptocurrency investors to over 60 companies, a source at the country’s tax agency confirmed to CoinDesk following reports in local media. According to the source, authorities have contacted 16 banks, around a dozen cryptocurrency exchanges and companies operating cryptocurrency ATMs and more than 40 businesses that […]

Crime

Blockchain technology is driving economic transformation, and Liechtenstein wants to be in the front seat, according to the country’s prime minister. As such, the Liechtenstein government has set out to create “sensible,” comprehensive blockchain legislation to create a legal environment that’s conducive to innovation and light on regulation. While other nations have steadily introduced blockchain […]

Adrian Hasler

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has published proposed guidance on using distributed ledger technology and cryptocurrencies within the nation’s online gaming space. The document – which is currently open for feedback – explains the need to protect consumers, prevent money laundering and other crimes and protect Malta’s reputation, saying the criteria set out in the […]

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