Europe awaits implementation of regulatory framework for crypto assets

Europe awaits implementation of regulatory framework for crypto assets


The global landscape of crypto-asset regulations is diverse and, even though it is getting more complex, many regulators are still choosing to wait and see how this space develops and what others will do. Right now, all eyes are on the European Union and its bespoke approach to regulating crypto assets.

As part of an expansive digital finance package announced in September 2020, the European Commission, or EC, issued a regulatory proposal titled Markets in Crypto-Assets, or MiCA. The proposal is now making its way through the legislative process and is subject to intense debates. This important regulatory step has been accelerated by concerns over the increasingly fragmented national regulatory landscape for crypto assets within the EU.

The other important trigger for regulatory scrutiny has been the rise of stablecoins. Stablecoins have been around for a few years — with the first stablecoin, Tether (USDT), dating back to 2014 — but they received little regulatory attention until June 2019, when

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