Tagged: european commission

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

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

European Commission Seeks to Better Define SMEs

The European Commission has launched a consultation as to how to better define a Small and Mid-sized Enterprise – commonly referenced as an SME. This definition is important as it can be used as a basis for policy decisions.  SMEs are the engines of economic… Read More

EU Roundtable: Blockchain Good. Cryptocurrencies Risky

In a speech today delivered by European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, the public official commented on the the EU Roundtable on Cryptocurrencies. The “debriefing” was light on details and simply shared a high level perspective of the discussion. Dombrovskis said the mission of the… Read More

European Commission Opens Blockchain Observatory and Forum

The European Commission has launched a Blockchain Observatory and Forum with the express aim of supporting the EU’s emerging fintech industry. The Commission indicated the initiative will aim to reinforce European engagement with multiple stakeholders involved in blockchain activities, consolidating expertise and addressing the challenges created… Read More

The European Commission is Awarding €5 Million for “Blockchain for Social Good”

The European Commission recently launched a competition seeking new Blockchain tech creating solutions for positive social change. The new Horizon Prize is called “Blockchains for Social Good” and the competition will see €5 Million handed out in increments of € 1 million for five different recipients…. Read More

The European Commission Hopes to Scale Crowdfunding by Creating a European-Wide Framework

The European Commission has published an Inception Impact Assessment that pitches a legislative proposal for an EU framework for crowdfunding including peer to peer lending. The initiative is accepting feedback from interested parties until November 27, 2017. The expectation is the Commission will create a… Read More

Debitos, an Online Debt Marketplace, Sees Opportunity in EU Consultation on Banks Offloading Non-Performing Loans

Last month, the European Commission, Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets division, launched a consultation on non-performing loans being held by banks. The Commission is seeking feedback on the development of secondary markets for distressed debt. Policymakers view this as essential in tackling the… Read More

Recommendations Provided to EU to Boost Crowdfunding in Renewable Energy

CrowdfundRES is a group of policy recommendations to improve the regulatory and market framework to boost investment in renewable energy across the European Union. A group of 14 different partners worked on the project that saw the participation of the European Crowdfunding Network and four… Read More

FESE Responds to EU’s Consultation on Fintech

  The Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE) recently published their response to the European Commission’s Consultation, “FinTech: a more competitive and innovative European Financial Sector.” In their response, they listed three principles that they believe will be vital for the development of the Fintech… Read More

Last Day: European Commission Public Consultation on Fintech Ends June 15th

The European Commission public consultation on Fintech ends today. Launched in March, the consultation was created to better understand how Europe can engender a more competitive and innovative financial sector. The feedback will hopefully help guide the Commission how Fintech can make the EU Single Market… Read More

Here is the European Commission Consultation Paper on Fintech

Earlier this year, the European Commission published a consultation paper on Fintech. Entitled, “Fintech: A More Competitve and Innovative European Financial Sector,” comments are starting to be published as the deadline nears (June 15, 2017). The ESMA published their comments today. The consultation was predicated… Read More

The European Securities & Markets Authority Responds to EC Consultation Paper on Fintech

Response Specifically Targets, AI, Crowdfunding, Blockchain, Regtech & More. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has responded to the European Commission consultation paper on “Fintech: a more competitive and innovative financial sector”. The ESMA welcomed the initiative to take a stock-take of the EU’s… Read More

Championing French Fintech & Fintech Education: An Interview with Anaïs Raoux

Individual Fintech startups can’t disrupt financial services. It takes an ecosystem to do so. We spoke in Paris with Anaïs Raoux, the Managing Director of the industry association France Fintech about how the association helps build an effective ecosystem for French Fintechs ‒ tackling issues… Read More

European Commission Considers Passport For Fintech Firms in Recognition of Consumer Benefits

The US Fintech marketplace is saddled with 50 different state regulators and innumerable federal agencies touching financial services. The UK is dealing with Brexit ramifications and its divorce proceedings with continental Europe. Meanwhile, the European Commission is considering passporting Fintech services in recognition of the profound benefits… Read More

Crowdfunding4Culture: Get Involved! EU Initiative Launches Publish Discussion

In Europe, the cultural and creative sectors (CCS) are not very familiar with crowdfunding. In order to better understand and evaluate the potential of crowdfunding for creatives and cultural organizations, the European Commission has launched Crowdfunding4Culture. The initiative seeks to pinpoint what actions public authorities should take… Read More

European Commission Launches Mid Term Review of Capital Markets Union

As part of its efforts to achieve a Capital Markets Union (CMU), the European Commission has launched a public consultation on the planned CMU mid-term review. This consultation offers an opportunity for stakeholders to provide targeted input to complement and advance actions put forward in… Read More

European Commission Appoints Members of Expert Group on Sustainable Finance

The European Commission has announced the appointment of a group of individuals to advise on sustainable finance. The initiative is part of the ongoing Capital Markets Union (CMU) which took a serious blow following the Brexit decision.  The intent of the expert group is to… Read More