If you have wondered whether the European Union had any plans for cryptocurrency regulation then you need to wonder no more because a document was leaked revealing that yes, there are such plans. The European Commission is, indeed preparing such plans and they also intend to control the introduction of new cryptocurrencies.
The document is 168 pages long and will likely be released by the end of September. That said, the recommendations in it won’t be added to official EU legislation until 2022.
A major part of the leak is the intention in bringing Markets in Crypto-assets (MiCA) for digital assets, which goes in the same direction as Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), which regulates the forex market and forex brokers throughout the EU.
The draft is also focused on stablecoins – much more so than any other digital currencies. That focus is likely prompted by Facebook’s Libra plans.
These plans were only a matter of time. The most surprising thing here is just how long they took to get drafted.