EU Economic Committee supports creation of Digital Currency Taskforce

The EU Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee by 54 votes to 1 voted to support Jakob Von Weizsäcker’s proposal to set up a ‘taskforce’ to “build up the necessary expertise in the underlying...

EU Update on Application of Enhanced Due Diligence to VC Exchanges

Bitlegal has been in communication with the EU commission surrounding the regulation of digital currency exchanges under 4AMLD. We have been concerned that the requirement from FATF that enhanced due diligence measures (EDD) be conducted...

ESMA takes ‘wait and see’ approach in relation to DLT.

ESMA takes ‘wait and see’ approach in relation to DLT. ESMA stresses that MIFID/EMIR and other EU regulations are “technology agnostic”. This means institutions using blockchain technology “need to consider existing rules when designing DLT...

EBA’s Opinion on Proposal to Regulate Virtual Currency Exchanges/Wallets

The EBA have reviewed the EU Commission's proposal to regulate VC exchanges and wallets and have provided their Opinion on the matter. They have interpreted the Commission's proposal as requiring VC exchanges/wallets to register in...

EU Commission Proposal: Virtual Currency Exchanges and Custodians to be Regulated under 4AMLD by...

The EU Commission has proposed an amendment (Proposal) to Article 2 of Directive 2015/849, namely the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4AMLD), “in order to add to the list of obliged entities virtual currency...

Coexistence of Blockchain technology with General Data Protection Regulation

In this article, we will cover the newly adopted European legislation on the data protection called the General Data Protection Regulation or simply GDPR which sets out general principles and rules the existed businesses...

On the Cusp of a EU Digital Currency Taskforce

You may recall that a Report was produced by Jakob Von Weizsäcker to set up a Virtual Currency Taskforce. This is being voted on today in the EU Parliament. If passed (which is most...

European Union – Policy Summary for Regulation of Virtual Currency

EUROPEAN COMMISSION COM(2016) 50/2 Published in February 2016 COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL on an Action Plan for strengthening the fight against terrorist financing “Virtual currency exchange platforms: There is a risk...

Estonian Court confirms AML licensing requirement

Estonian Supreme Court this week confirmed on 11 April that digital currency exchanges are subject to anti-money laundering (AML) supervision. Uku Tampee from the Police and Border Guard Board states that services which provide alternative...

EU Ministers Jittering over Bitcoin After Paris Attacks

European Union member states plan to "crackdown" on digital currencies, anonymous payments and pre-paid cards in effort to combat terrorism financing in the wake of the Paris attacks, according to a draft memo shown to...