European Central Bank’s (ECB) president Christine Lagarde said that there is a lot going on in crypto, however, a ‘digital Euro’ pilot “will probably take us another two years, at least, before it’s the final say.”
Addressing lawmakers at the EU Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Monday, Lagarde said that a central bank digital currency (CBDC) will not eradicate cash, nor substitute it.
“If it can be user friendly, if it can be free, if it can be a universal digital mode of payment throughout the entire Euro system, I think it will have checked many of the boxes, which I believe would characterize it as success,” she noted.
The ECB chief stressed that there are “conspiracy theories” about CBDCs, which need to be addressed before claiming it to be a success.
“We can address all the conspiracy theories that bounce about this as if ‘BIG BROTHER’ is suddenly going to determine what you buy, when you buy it and how restricted it should be – then I think it would be characterized as a success.”
Lagarde answered to the questions posted by German centrist lawmaker Nicola Beer. She asked Lagarde how the ECB would check all the major privacy concerns for transaction and holding limits, and identification, with the consequence of total traceability.
Beer referred to the bank’s plans to curb money laundering and restrict large CBDC holdings from overturning the commercial banking system, and asked whether this does “not hinder the acceptance of the digital euro?”
The use of digital currency depends on how we manage to make sure that privacy is protected, Lagarde added. “Not anonymity, but privacy.”
Lagarde further noted that although a lot of work has been done in the last three years in terms of exploring and surveyingRead more on cryptonews.com