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European Securities and Markets Authority: Deadline for Comments on European Crowdfunding Service Providers Consultation Due this Week

This past February, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced a consultation on technical standards for the Europea Crowdfunding Service Providers Regulation (ECSPR). The move was part of the European Union’s announced harmonization of investment crowdfunding rules. For years, industry insiders and advocacy groups,… Read More

European Commission Reveals Rules & Actions for AI in the European Union

Today, the European Commission proposed new rules and actions as part of an effort to turn the European Union into a global hub for Artificial Intelligence (AI). The “first-ever” legal framework is designed to ensure trust and safety while fostering AI innovation. In a speech… Read More

European Commission Calls for a Digital Decade

The European Commission has shared its vision for the digital transformation of Europe by 2030. The policy initiative is an all-encompassing approach to many aspects of the economy and daily existence. The EU states that this builds on the Commission’s digital strategy of February 2020…. Read More

Karsten Wenzlaff of the German Crowdfunding Association Provides Insight into Harmonization of Pan-European Crowdfunding Rules

Last year, the European Union approved pan-European crowdfunding rules that will apply to all member states thus finally offering a harmonized approach to online capital formation. Crowdfunding advocates and European platforms had long recognized the unnecessary friction intrinsic to raising capital based on national regulations… Read More

France: AMF Chairman Embraces EC Move to Regulate Crypto Assets, “Potential gains to be expected from DLT can be significant”

Speaking about the ongoing digital transformation of financial services the Chairman of the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), Robert Ophèle, commented on the emergence of crypto assets (digital assets) for both non-securities and securities. Ophèle first noted the ongoing COVID health crisis has helped… Read More

Don’t Treat Everything Like a Financial Instrument: 5 Questions Commenters Must Consider About MiCAR (with Proposed Answers!)

MiCar: Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation. Everyone seems to forget that blockchain is a database software at its core; better database software to be sure because it makes digitally unique items (known as “crypto-assets” or “digital assets”) possible in a transparent, auditable, and secure system, but… Read More

European Commission Funded Project Seeks Applications for Blockchain Solutions

ONTOCHAIN, a project funded by the European Commission under the Next Generation Internet initiative, is on the hunt for applicants seeking to build a new software ecosystem for “trusted, traceable, and transparent ontological knowledge management.” The €4.2 million fund will provide €123,000 in equity-free money… Read More

Oliver Gajda of the European Crowdfunding Network: An 8 Year Journey for Harmonized Crowdfunding Rules

Earlier this month, the European Union approved new crowdfunding rules, including a €5 million funding cap, that will apply to all member states finally creating a pan-European approach to online capital formation. Currently, the securities crowdfunding market in Europe struggles under bespoke national rules that… Read More

European Banking Authority to Allow Banks to Include Software based Assets in their Capital Requirement Estimates

The European Banking Authority, a regulatory body of the European Union that’s headquartered in Paris, has revealed plans to allow banks to include software-based assets in their capital requirement calculations. This should help lenders with strengthening their safety buffers, the agency noted. At present, banking… Read More

European Crowdfunding Network “Wholeheartedly” Welcomes Harmonized Crowdfunding Rules for Europe

Earlier this week, the European Union approved legislation that will harmonize securities crowdfunding rules for member states. Inclusive in the legislation is a 12-month funding cap of €5 million for issuers leveraging online capital formation. The goal is to facilitate capital formation for entrepreneurs and… Read More

European Union Approves New Crowdfunding Rules that Apply to Member States, Funding Cap Set at €5 Million

Earlier today, the European Union approved crowdfunding rules that will apply to all member states thus finally offering a pan-European approach to online capital formation while removing much of the friction in the current ecosystem that suffers from regulatory fragmentation. Industry participants, along with industry… Read More

European Union Digital Asset Legislation Anticipated to Create Confidence, Open the Market to DLT Innovators

A Discussion with Franck Guiader of Gide 255 Last week, the European Commission adopted a Digital Finance Package along with legislative proposals on cryptoassets (digital assets). The move had been widely telegraphed by the Commission and, in fact, a draft of the crypto regulation was leaked… Read More

Apple Says New EU Legislation Requiring it to Open Up its Apple Pay Tech to Third-Parties would Compromise Security

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) recently noted that new legislation might require that it opens up its proprietary Apple Pay technology to various third-parties. The tech giant, which recently became the world’s first company to surpass the $2 trillion market cap mark, claims that allowing others to closely… Read More

European Commission Adopts Digital Finance Package and Legislative Proposals on Crypto-Assets

The European Commission has announced the adoption of a Digital Finance Package along with legislative proposals on crypto-assets (digital assets).  The announcement has been widely anticipated and earlier this month draft legislation pertaining to crypto-assets was leaked to the public. According to a statement by… Read More

European Draft Regulation of Crypto-Assets Seeks Innovation Friendly Approach as Usage of Blockchain in Financial Services Grows

Draft regulation crafted by the European Commission that pertains to crypto-assets (digital assets) and blockchain tech in financial services has surfaced on the web. Final legislation has been anticipated at some point this month as European policymakers seek to foster an “innovation-friendly” approach that assures… Read More

Digital Assets: Germany, France, Other Nations Ask European Commission to Draft Strict Policies for Stablecoins

Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands recently asked the European Commission (EC) to draft strict regulatory policies for stablecoins, which are digital assets that are supposed to be backed or pegged 1-to-1 with major fiat currencies like the US dollar or the British pound… Read More

London Stock Exchange Might be Looking to Sell Borsa Italiana so it Can Complete Refinitiv Acquisition

The London Stock Exchange (LSE), which is based in the City of London, England and has a market cap of around $4.6 trillion, is reportedly looking into whether it should sell its Borsa Italiana business, so that it can appease certain European Union regulators, and… Read More

European Commission is Being Asked to Use European Social Fund to Issue Loans via Crowdfunding and P2P Lenders

The European Commission (EC), the executive branch of the European Union that recommends legislation, implements various policies and decisions, among other duties, is being asked to use its European Social Fund (ESF) to issue loans via crowdfunding and peer to peer (P2P) lending platforms across… Read More

European Fintech Association Combines Several Entities to Create Single Voice for Fintechs in Europe

The recently launched European Fintech Association (EFA) is seeking to unite disparate voices in the fast-growing Fintech industry. The non profit is an entity that combines EFAlliance and FinTechs4Europe to provide a cogent approach to emerging European Union policy. In a recent release, the EFA… Read More

EU Consultation on Payments Strategy Deadlines for Comments on Friday

The European Union initiated a consultation on its retail payments strategy last April. The deadline for comments is this Friday, June 26, 2020. The consultation addresses the digitization of payments and the belief that Europe needs a “strategic vision to ensure that consumers and companies… Read More

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