Christine Lagarde, head of the European Central Bank (ECB), has once again reiterated the need for bringing crypto under regulatory oversight in the European Union (EU) amid the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX.
In a speech at the Hearing of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs on Monday, Lagarde mentioned that the EU has already made significant strides toward limiting the harm by digital assets. She cited Facebook’s Libra as an example of the ECB’s involvement, saying that was “helpful to stop some of the players” from engaging with the industry.
She also noted that the EU has been partly successful in introducing regulations to the crypto markets. In particular, the ECB has announced Markets in Crypto Assets bill (MiCA), which addresses key crypto elements such as consumer protection, anti-money laundering (AML), environmental impact, and business accountability.
“At least Europe is ahead of the pack [in terms of regulation],” Lagarde said. “But as I said previously, it’s one step in the right direction. This is not it — there will have to be a MiCA II, which embraces broader what it aims to regulate and to supervise, and that is very much needed.”
The MiCA is currently making its way through the European Parliament and is awaiting final approval. As reported, the European Parliament economics committee passed the MiCA crypto regulation bill in October. Many expect the policy to go into effect starting in 2024.
The EU first reached an agreement on MiCA in July this year. Back then, representatives of the crypto industry, such as Rebecca Rettig, a board member at the crypto-friendly bank Silvergate, applauded the effort to “provide clarity in the crypto space” while also noting that there is “more work toRead more on cryptonews.com