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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 Member States Conclude Negotiations on European Crowdfunding Service Provider Regime: Harmonized Regime instead of Opt-In, Major Boost for Lending Platforms

The European Council has concluded its negotiations on the European Crowdfunding Service Provider Regime, after discussing for more than a year how to facilitate more cross-border Crowdfunding, especially for equity-based and lending-based Crowdfunding. The European Council “defines the EU’s overall political direction and priorities.” The… 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

European Commission General Report on the Activities of the European Union Updates on Progress Including Fintech, Blockchain, Crowdfunding and More

Today, the European Commission adopted the 2018 edition of the General Report. According to the Commission, this fulfills its legal obligation under the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The report shows how the EU is delivering on its commitments to Europeans. The Commission… Read More

European Crowdfunding Service Provider Regime Eagerly Awaited in Europe

The European Parliament Elections are looming in May – and so far, there is no progress in sight regarding the European Crowdfunding Service Provider Regime. It remains unclear whether the Romanian Finance Minister TEODOROVICI will make the conclusion of the negotiation process a priority. 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

Fintech News: The Biggest Fintech Stories of 2018

Fintech, or financial innovation, is pervasive within the financial services industry. Innovation has always existed in this sector of business but the advent of the internet combined with the creativity of risk taking entrepreneurs has engendered an accelerated period of disruptive change in finance. Think about… 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

European Crowdfunding Network Publishes Open Letter to EU Member States Urging Fully Harmonized EU Crowdfunding Rules [u]

The European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) has just published an Open Letter directed towards EU member states and the ongoing debate regarding pan-European crowdfunding rules. Proposed rules would impact, and perhaps improve, the marketplace for both debt and equity crowdfunding. The ECN believes the European Crowdfunding… Read More

Oliver Gajda Updates on Pan European Crowdfunding Legislation & Possible Inclusion of ICO Rules

Several weeks back, CI covered the draft legislation for pan-European crowdfunding rules from the European Parliament. At that time, initial coin offerings (ICO) were part of the possible legislation. Crowdfunding is part of the European Union Fintech Action plan that directly aligns with the Capital… Read More

EU Startup Monitor Profiles European Entrepreneurial Marketplace

Most innovation occurs in smaller businesses and most job creation takes place within these small firms. This is a truism for all developed countries and in recent years governments around the world have sought to foster an innovation-driven economy. The European Union (Brexit aside) is… Read More

EC VP Valdis Dombrovskis Comments on Regulation of Virtual Currencies & ICOs, Expects Commission to Publish Perspective Before End of Year

European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis has issued a comment on the regulation of initial coin offerings (ICOs) and virtual currencies. The statement is part of an ongoing discussion within the European Parliament and the Commission. Dombrovskis is the Commissioner in charge of Financial Stability, Financial… Read More

European Parliament Votes to Boost Crowdfunding Cap to € 8 Million

Matching what several European countries have already done, the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of European Parliament voted this week to boost the crowdfunding cap to € 8 million across all of the European member states. This stands in contrast to an existing proposal emanating out of… Read More

Will the EC Pass Pan European Crowdfunding Regulations, Including Initial Coin Offerings?

For quite some time now, the European Commission has been discussing creating a pan-European approach to investment crowdfunding. This policy move absolutely makes sense and clearly aligns with the Fintech Action Plan and Capital Markets Union. In many ways, creating a single law for all… Read More

Ronald Kleverlaan, Director European Centre for Alternative Finance, Shares Insight Into European Fintech Marketplace

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Ronald Kleverlaan is a well known thought leader in the European Fintech sector. He is Director of the European Centre for Alternative Finance (ECAF) at Utrecht University in the Netherlands -a joint initiative of the University Utrecht School of Economics, CrowdfundingHub, and the Sustainable Finance Lab. ECAF… Read More

Oliver Gajda of the European Crowdfunding Network Updates on EC Fintech Plan, European Regulatory Approach for Crowdfunding

The European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) is the leading independent advocate for Fintech innovation, including crowdfunding, in Europe. The ECN has earned a reputation of engaging with a broad group of industry participants, thought leaders and public officials to help guide the evolution of new forms… Read More

22 European Countries Sign Comprehensive Blockchain Cooperative Agreement

On Tuesday, April 10th, 22 European countries signed an declaration vowing to cooperate as partners in the development and deployment of blockchain tech across European jurisdictions. According to the declaration, “Cooperation on a European Blockchain Partnership,” earnest efforts to “reaffirm” Europe’s “leading role” globally in blockchain… Read More

European Crowdfunding Network Voices Support for European Wide Regulatory Framework for Crowdfunding

The European Commission recently revealed its plan to support Fintech Innovation across Europe – a vital aspect of the EU economy. Included within the plan, was a statement and outline of improving the environment for pan-European crowdfunding. In many ways, investment crowdfunding is core to the… Read More

Here is the European Commission Fintech Action Plan

As we reported last week, the European Commission has announced its intent to pursue a Fintech Action Plan designed to boost Fintech innovation across continental Europe. The recognition that enabling innovations in finance are of strategic importance. This is a vital step in keeping Europe… Read More

Here is the FAQ on Proposed Pan European Crowdfunding Rules

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The European Commission is finally address a pressing issue: facilitating online capital formation across all member countries in the European Union. Since investment crowdfunding emerged as a viable form of providing access to capital to early stage – and later stage companies – the industry… Read More

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