Malta’s Financial Services Authority (MFSA) has begun public consultation over changes in its crypto regulations in order to align with Europe’s Markets in Crypto-Assets (MICA) regulations set to take effect in December 2024. The public consultation period is open until Sept. 29.
The revised rulebook proposes changes to the rules for exchanges, custodians and portfolio managers in order to align with the European Union’s MiCA. Malta first established its crypto framework in 2018 with the Virtual Financial Assets (VFA).
Some of the notable changes with respect to the VFA Rulebook are:
With the passing of the MiCA regulations, all existing regulations in the EU nations will be replaced by the universal MiCA laws. Malta, being an EU member, had two options: either to wait for 18 months before the MiCA laws come into effect or amend the existing regulations to align with the universal EU laws. The regulators chose the second option.
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In an interview in October last year, the regulators stated that early modifications to their existing crypto regulations would help VFA license holders seamlessly transition to MiCA-based laws and obtain the EU license. Malta’s VFA framework was based upon Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) principles, with MiCA deriving several principles from the same rulebook.
Apart from Malta, fellow EU nation France has also amended its existing regulatory guidelines for crypto to align with MiCA, which come into effect in early 2024.
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