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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

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

Sustainable Development Crowdlending Platform Oneplanetcrowd Gets European Union Support

Oneplanetcrowd, a crowdlending platform, has received € 1 million in growth finance from the European Investment Fund to support social entrepreneurship. The funding from the EIF came via the EU’s Employment and Social Innovation Programme Capacity Building Investments window. According to a statement by the… Read More

European Commission Plans Crypto-Asset Legislation in Q3 of 2020

The European Commission (EC) intends on publishing possible legislation for digital assets or crypto-assets in Q3 of 2020. This is according to a statement Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis on behalf of the EC. The reveal was squirreled away in a European Parliament question page. The statement… Read More

Europe: DG FISMA Schedules Series of Online Roundtables on Fintech Topics

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The European Commission DG FISMA (The Directorate‑General for Financial Stability, Financial Services, and Capital Markets Union is the Commission department responsible for EU policy on banking and finance) has scheduled a series of virtual roundtables tackling Fintech topics. The series is an outreach program that… Read More

Here is the EU’s Consultation on Digital Finance – Fintech Action Plan

This month, the European Commission kicked off a consultation on the future of digital finance and Fintech. Simultaneously a consultation on payments was announced. The Fintech consultation opens by explaining the following: “Digitalisation is transforming the European financial system and the provision of financial services… Read More

France: GSX CEO Comments on Autorité des Marchés Financieres Proposal on Digital Securities

Recently, the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), the leading securities regulator in France, posted a legal analysis of security tokens or digital securities. The AMF posited that while there remain certain “legal obstacles,” in their opinion national authorities can adapt to these types of… Read More

Coronavirus: European Union to Aid SMEs with € 8 Billion of Financing

Like many jurisdictions around the world, the European Union has announced extraordinary measures to combat the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, including measures to mitigate the impact the illness will have on SMEs. In a statement yesterday, the Commission said it considers the COVID-19 pandemic as qualifying as… Read More

Here is the EU Strategy for SMEs and Digital Europe, Digital Assets on the List

Earlier today, the European Commission posted its “SME Strategy for a sustainable and digital Europe.” The strategy is in recognition that “SMEs play a key role in Europe’s industrial fabric, providing two out of three jobs, and are central to the success of this new… Read More

European Commission Launches Two Consultations, One on Crypto Assets, 2nd on Cybersecurity

Yesterday the European Commission announced the launch of two consultations. The first is on digital or crypto-assets including stablecoins. The second is on cybersecurity. The consultation on digital assets is due to President Ursula von der Leyen determination to keep abreast of innovation in the… Read More

European Commission Looks to Boost the Development of DLT/Blockchain, Invites Participation in Open Market Consultation

The European Commission has invited interested parties to participate in an open market consultation for the forthcoming “European Blockchain Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP).” The Commission’s goal is to boost the development of distributed ledger technology, or blockchain, for the European Blockchain Service Infrastructure. A “Pre-Commercial Procurement”… Read More

EU: “No global stablecoin arrangement should begin operation in the European Union until the legal, regulatory and oversight challenges and risks have been adequately identified and addressed”

The Council of the European Union has posted a memo, or “draft joint statement,” regarding stablecoins – a hot policy topic these days due to Facebook’s attempt to launch a global, non-sovereign, cryptocurrency. When Facebook revealed the creation of Libra, and the executive body the… Read More

What the European Crowdfunding Industry Recommends for Harmonized EU Rules

Last month, Crowdfund Insider reported on comments by EC Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, a Commissioner whose portfolio includes Financial Stability, Financial Services, and the Capital Markets Union, indicating harmonized crowdfunding rules may be forthcoming before the end of the year. In a tweet, Dombrovskis stated… Read More

Still Hope for Harmonized Crowdfunding Rules in Europe before End of the Year?

For some years now there has been a discussion at the European Commission regarding harmonization of online capital formation rules. Today, crowdfunding is regulated at the member state (national) level creating a mish-mash of European regulations that defy the entire concept of a single market… 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 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

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