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EU Crypto Businesses Push for FATF Standards

May 2022

As the world continues to adapt to the presence of cryptocurrencies and other blockchain-based financial developments, regulatory standards and stances still continue to vary across the globe. Some countries and areas are already accepting (El Salvador) or planning to accept (Lugano, Switzerland) bitcoin and other crypto as legal tender, whereas other places, such as China and Egypt, have banned cryptocurrencies altogether - although such positions have changed in the past. Similarly, decentralized finance (DeFi) and other blockchain-based solutions find different standards and requirements in place in different jurisdictions, with various levels of support or acceptance accompanying their development.


Recently the EU has been discussing new crypto regulations and finding vocal resistance from members of the crypto-scene. This month, news agency Reuters published an article revealing that it had seen a letter in which a number of crypto businesses in the European Union advocated for finance ministers to stick to recommendations given by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) rather than seeking to push beyond such guidelines in a crackdown on the current explosion of DeFi projects. This apparently included requests that crypto businesses not be required to disclose transaction details, DeFi projects not being required to be registered as legal entities, and some stablecoins not being subject to the Markets in Crypto-assets (MiCA) regulation.

Behind the requests are two main concerns. The first of these is that peoples’ details will be exposed - particularly with new rules coming in for tracking and tracing cryptocurrency transactions - continuing a conversation that has been discussed for years now where the ideals of a transparent and immutable blockchain clashes with the idea of data privacy. Beyond this, there is also the concern that introducing more stringent regulatory requirements will stymie the growth and development of crypto projects in the EU.

Whilst these concerns are valid, and the thought of personal information and blockchain-based projects may initially appear problematic, there are ways in which the EU (along with other countries or institutions or businesses) can avoid such issues and ensure both compliance and privacy.

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By Matthew Warner