Tagged: EU

UK-based Fintech Elpaso Launches Services for Ukrainian Companies

Electronic Payment Solutions Ltd. (ELPASO) was founded in 2017 by a group of IT geeks, corporate bankers and entrepreneurs is a digital platform for those “who wish to go international in their daily needs like international cross-border payments and currency exchange”, according to its website…. Read More

New Zealand’s Fintech Zeeco Partners with Salt Edge, an Open Banking Solution Provider, to Access Users’ Bank Data and Automate Eco-contributions

New Zealand-based Fintech firm Zeeco has partnered with Salt Edge, a company that provides Open Banking solutions, in order to access users’ financial data and automate certain eco-contributions. As mentioned in a blog post published on Salt Edge’s official website: “With [rising] awareness [about] the… Read More

Regtech: European Trade Repository REGIS-TR Partners Sensiple to Offer Interoperable, Automated Reporting Software

European trade repository REGIS-TR, which is a joint initiative established by the Clearstream (Deutsche Börse Group) and Iberclear (BME Group), will partner with Sensiple, a company offering regulatory technology (Regtech) for making repurchase agreements and facilitating secure lending. Through the partnership, REGIS-TR and Sensiple plan… Read More

Amsterdam-based Banking Challenger Finom Secures €6.5 Million in Seed Funding via Round led by Target Global

Amsterdam-based banking challenger Finom, which aims to serve entrepreneurs and SMEs, has secured €6.5 million in seed funding through an investment round led by Target Global. General Catalyst, FJlabs, the Raisin founders Frank Freund, Tamaz Georgadze, and Michael Stephan also took part in Finom’s funding… Read More

Blockchain-based Brave Browser Files Complaint Urging European Commission to Take Action Against Government Agencies that are Not Ensuring User Privacy

The San Francisco-based developers of Brave, an open-source, privacy-oriented Internet browser, have submitted a complaint which asks the European Commission to take quick action against European Union-based government agencies that are not protecting the data and privacy of local residents. Brave’s complaint was filed on… Read More

European Bitcoin (BTC) Savings Service Bittr Forced to Shut Down Due to Extensive and Costly AMLD5 Regulatory Requirments

Netherlands-based Bittr, a Bitcoin (BTC) savings service, is reportedly closing down its business. Ruben Waterman, the company’s founder, said that newly-enforced financial regulations were the main reason why Bittr decided to shut down its services. The AMLD5 became effective July 9, 2018, and required the… Read More

Dutch Banking Challenger bunq Introduces Joint Accounts for Premium and Business Account Holders

European challenger bank bunq is introducing joint accounts for its Premium and Business account holders. Bunq+1 users will now have the option of opening an account for anyone they want to, which includes their partners and children. Bunq+1 business clients can create new accounts for… Read More

Blockchain Regulatory Software Developer Shyft Network to Help Binance Comply with FATF Guidelines

Malta-based digital asset exchange Binance has teamed up with Shyft Network, the developer of a public blockchain protocol, in order to ensure that it is complying with updated Financial Action Task Force (FATF) financial market regulations. The Shyft Network was developed to offer a decentralized… Read More

After UK’s Exit from EU, Vilnius Set to Become Largest Center in the Bloc for Regulated Fintech Firms: Report

The Baltic region’s finance industry has been struggling and some of the area’s countries including Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have reportedly been indirectly involved in money-laundering scandals that were allegedly orchestrated by large Nordic banks. However, Lithuania’s capital has been able to develop its local… Read More

Cryptocurrency Mining Platform Simpecoin Set to Officially Shut Down on January 1st 2020

Simplecoin, a European cryptocurrency mining platform, has announced that it will be shutting down its operations on January 1, 2020. Simpleton reported that the proposed fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive by the European Union (EU) is currently being implemented by its member states which impacts its… Read More

Five European Countries Uniting to Stall Libra, Facebook’s Proposed Global Cryptocurrency

Deputy finance ministers from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands have been meeting behind closed doors throughout October to devise a strategy to prevent Facebook from launching its proposed Libra cryptocurrency network among its 2.5 billion users next year. According to four sources to Politico EU,… Read More

Bank of Lithuania Issues Guidelines for Regulating STOs

The Bank of Lithuania, the country’s central bank, has issued guidelines intended to, “provide greater regulatory clarity and aim at higher investor protection,” in the country’s security token offering (STO) market. Lithuania has been working hard to establish itself as a Fintech leader in the… Read More

Spurned by Libra, EU Finance Commissioner Promises Cryptocurrency Laws

The European Union’s finance commissioner-designate, Valdis Dombrovskis, has told fellow members of Europe’s governing body that he plans to propose laws for the regulation of cryptocurrencies, Reuters reports. “Europe needs a common approach on crypto-assets such as Libra…I intend to propose new legislation on this,” Dombrovskis… Read More

EU Antitrust Regulators Examining Facebook’s Libra

Antitrust regulators from the EU’s European Commission are currently examining possible monopoly implications of Libra, Facebook’s proposed global currency system, Bloomberg reports. Facebook announced in June that it would roll out the Libra “stablecoin” cryptocurrency through its WhatsApp and Messenger apps in 2020. They said the… Read More

EU Asks Malta to Boost Policing, Anti-Corruption and Tax Measures as Local Cryptocurrency and Gaming Industries Boom

In its latest “country-specific recommendations,” the EU has advised officials in Malta to enhance oversight of the country’s booming cryptocurrency and gaming sectors, to boost rules and address understaffing in the country’s Economic Crimes Unit, and to act against “aggressive tax planning” (evasion) executed by individuals… Read More

EU Report Says Blockchain Adoption to be Led by Permissioned Platforms, Must Solve Problems Such as Scalability

The European Union Blockchain Observatory and Forum has published a “thematic report” on blockchain adoption. The project is an initiative by the European Commission. This first report is one of a series of documents which is expected to be published over the coming months. The… Read More

GDPR by the Numbers: the European Commission Provides a Glance at the Data

GDPR or the General Data Protection Regulation is a big deal. GDPR was designed to better protect consumers and their digitized information. While clearly not perfect, GDPR is the direct result of big corporations failing their customers with poor security protocols, lackluster attention to cyberfraud… Read More

Google Receives Payment Institution Authorization From Ireland’s Central Bank

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has received payment institution authorization from Ireland’s Central Bank. According to Irish Times, the Central Bank granted authorization to Google Payment Ireland under the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) regulation. The company will now be allowed to issue and acquire payments across the European Union (EU)… Read More

Juncker Plan: €360 Million Investment for Spanish SMEs will Use Hyperledger Blockchain Tech

The European Commission (EC) recently announced a European investment plan designed to boost access to capital to Spanish SMEs and “midcap investment projects.” The plan is for the European Investment Bank Group and BBVA to provide €360 million for these smaller businesses. A €60 million “synthetic… Read More

CMU: Common Securitization Rules Kick in on January 1st in the European Union

As part of the Capital Markets Union (CMU), updated rules for securitization will commence on January 1st, 2019 in the European Union (EU). The new “harmonized” rules are designed to streamline the process of financial services firms to leverage securitization to boost access to capital…. Read More

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