France is reportedly going to go on a charm offensive on other European countries in a bid to convince them to adopt crypto regulations similar to her own.
French minister of the economy and finance, Bruno Le Maire, reportedly stated that France would encourage other EU countries to adopt crypto regulations similar to those France has adopted. The motivation behind this is reportedly France’s ambition of attracting issuers, and traders to the country by providing them some official recognition, while taxing their profits in return.
As per the newly adopted regulation, crypto-currency operators will have to apply for a certification that would purportedly enable authorities to verify whoever is behind the new coin’s issuance or a trading platform. The certification will also help in supervising business plans, as well as anti-money laundering (AML) safeguards.
Lemaire said he will;
“Propose to my European partners that we set up a single regulatory framework on crypto-assets inspired by the French experience. Our model is the right one.”
Lemaire’s words come just a week after French legislators adopted a bill that was aimed at stimulating local business development, including redirecting savings from individuals to businesses. The act which is known as “Plan d’action pour la croissance et la transformation des entreprises,” (Pacte), will allow insurance providers in France to invest in crypto-currencies with no limit on the amount of investment.
France seemed to have picked up a few things out of the Swiss playbook, after the Swiss government’s legislative body approved a similar move last month. In the Swiss case, the legislative body instructed the federal council to adapt legislation that would see to it that the crypto industry in the country was regulated. The motivation for the move was to shut perceived gaps in protecting crypto users from illicit activities such as extortion, as well as money laundering.
The European banking authority (EBA) is also looking at crypto, with the body recommending further research into crypto-currencies. The EBA is also looking to perform, a ‘number of actions’ relating to the sector in 2019. One of the EBA ‘actions’ is its planned issuance of paperwork inorder to help authorities in member countries report financial activities in a more uniformed way. The organization also underscored the need for transparency and issued suitable public warnings about the possible risks associated with crypto.
You would think that with all the institutional backing that cryptos are beginning to get, countries would rush to create the necessary legislative infrastructure to help cryptos thrive. Surprisingly though, most countries are still lagging behind in terms of legislation. Hopefully though, France and Switzerland can help accelerate legislative moves as far as EU countries are concerned.
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