Europe Becomes Global Leader in Crypto Regulation with Final Approval of MiCA

Tanya Sharma
Tanya Sharma
Published on May 17, 2023 01:47 AM

European Union Introduces Strict Rules for Crypto Assets to Combat Money Laundering and Boost Transparency

Europe Becomes Global Leader in Crypto Regulation with Final Approval of MiCA
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The Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) rules aim to increase transparency, thwart money laundering, and uphold financial stability. It received final approval from member states on Tuesday.

European Union is emerging as a World Leader in Crypto Regulations

The European Union has made a significant advancement in becoming a world leader in the regulation of the cryptocurrency industry amidst an array of high-profile cryptocurrency scandals, including the downfall of the trading platform FTX and the implosion of the TerraUSD stablecoin.

Under MiCA, 

  • crypto companies will require approval to operate in the EU.

  • If investors' assets are lost, cryptocurrency firms will be held accountable. 

Authorities will compile a public list of non-compliant companies. The rules also cover stablecoins, which are usually tied to a hard currency or commodity, as well as other digital tokens, trading platforms, and digital wallets, but not Bitcoin itself.

MiCA will begin taking effect in phases 

Right from July 2024 MiCA is expected to significantly improve investor protection and prevent the misuse of the crypto industry for the purposes of money laundering and financing terrorism. Companies that issue or trade cryptocurrency assets will also be required by the regulations to publish information about the risks, expenses, and fees that customers may incur.

New Regulations will Combat market manipulation and Insider trading 

Major crypto companies will be required to disclose how much energy they use, as the massive amount of energy used in Bitcoin mining to create new coins has stoked concerns about crypto's carbon footprint.

The EU's move comes as the US has made little progress in stepping up oversight of cryptocurrencies and digital assets, while the UK is still considering feedback on proposed crypto regulations that it outlined last year. 

Some European countries, like Germany, already have basic crypto regulations in effect.


Europe Takes the Lead in Shaping the Crypto Regulations

With MiCA's final approval, Europe firmly establishes itself as the world leader in cryptocurrency regulation. The European Union seeks to establish a more secure and resilient cryptocurrency ecosystem by putting a priority on transparency, combatting money laundering, and encouraging environmental responsibility. 

Stakeholders in the industry will need to adjust to the new framework when the regulations go into force beginning in July 2024, ensuring compliance and boosting investor confidence.



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