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Eastern Europe Hotbed For Darknet As Ransomware Activity Increases

Eastern Europe Hotbed For Darknet As Ransomware Activity Increases

A recent study from Chainalysis has found that darknet operators are responsible for a disproportionately large share of the crypto market in Eastern Europe.

Bitmain-Backed Digital Assets Company Matrixport Extends Its Crypto Services into Europe

Bitmain-Backed Digital Assets Company Matrixport Extends Its Crypto Services into Europe

Matrixport, a Singapore headquartered and Bitmain-backed crypto company that offers trading, lending, and custody services, extends its services into Europe through the establishment of its new Zurich office.

SiGMA Europe Virtual Expo will focus on the European gaming and tech marketplace

SiGMA Europe Virtual Expo will focus on the European gaming and tech marketplace

SiGMA Group is excited to announce the launch of their November event, SiGMA Europe Virtual Expo. The online event, which runs from the 24th to 25th, will focus on the European gaming and tech marketplace.

Bank of Lithuania Calls For Uniform Regulation for Digital Financial Innovation Across Europe

Bank of Lithuania Calls For Uniform Regulation for Digital Financial Innovation Across Europe

Bank of Lithuania, Lietuvos Bankas, has proposed uniform regulations throughout the European Union in response to the European Commission’s consultations for the development of the digitalization of financial services in Europe.

Bitcoin Adoption Accelerating in NGO Sectors Across Australia, Europe, And North America

Bitcoin Adoption Accelerating in NGO Sectors Across Australia, Europe, And North America

NGOs are now cashing in on cryptocurrencies. A new report reveals that an increasing number of charities continue to adopt bitcoin cryptocurrency majorly across North America, Europe, and Australia.

Europechain Education Program delivers EOSIO with the University of Geneva

Europechain Education Program delivers EOSIO with the University of Geneva

Europechain is amongst the world’s first to teach blockchain technology at a global university. Europechain has delivered an advanced EOSIO course at the University of Geneva as part of its official Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) on blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). The EOSIS Blockchain is considered Blockchain 3.0 because of its zero transaction fees, TPS rates of 10,000 per second and fast scaling ability. The teaching of EOSIO at Geneva marks a further step in the adoption of blockchain as a new and vibrant digital technology.

Kraken Amplifies European Footprint with BCM Acquisition

Kraken Amplifies European Footprint with BCM Acquisition

US-based cryptocurrency exchange, Kraken, has announced its plan to acquire Dutch crypto broker BCM as part of its European expansion strategy. This move aligns with the new MiCA regulatory framework, promoting a favorable investment climate in the region. The acquisition will enhance Kraken's service offerings and market position in the Netherlands.

EU Parliament Passes Cybersecurity Legislation for Crypto and Fintech Firms

EU Parliament Passes Cybersecurity Legislation for Crypto and Fintech Firms

The European Parliament has passed a bill titled Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA) addressing the cybersecurity of crypto and fintech companies.

EIB Bemoans the Underinvestment in Blockchain and AI, Foresees a $12B Shortfall

EIB Bemoans the Underinvestment in Blockchain and AI, Foresees a $12B Shortfall

The EIB says Blockchain technology and AI has a shortfall in funding to the tune of $12 billion.

Coinbase warns of losing crypto industry leadership

Coinbase warns of losing crypto industry leadership

The U.S. SEC has issued a Wells notice to Coinbase. As a result, Coinbase warns that the U.S. government’s regulatory approach to crypto has created an uncertain and unstable environment. Meanwhile, other countries, such as France, the U.K., and the European Union, are building friendlier crypto regulation ecosystems and becoming crypto hubs, causing the U.S. to lose its status as the leading hub of the crypto sector.

Apple Faces Major Complaint for Tracking Code that Allegedly Violates EU Privacy Regulations

Apple Faces Major Complaint for Tracking Code that Allegedly Violates EU Privacy Regulations

A complaint that alleges that Apple’s Identifier for Advertisers code (IDFA) is a privacy breach going against European laws has been filed.

Robinhood Crypto Launches Staking and Localized Apps for European Market

Robinhood Crypto Launches Staking and Localized Apps for European Market

Robinhood Crypto introduces localized apps, staking, and updated Learn & Earn modules for European customers, strengthening its foothold in the region.

Europe Embraces Instant Payments: Ripple Insights

Europe Embraces Instant Payments: Ripple Insights

Europe is experiencing an accelerated shift towards instant payments, with entities like the EC striving to build a resilient financial infrastructure.

CoreWeave Invests $2.2 Billion in European AI Infrastructure Expansion

CoreWeave Invests $2.2 Billion in European AI Infrastructure Expansion

CoreWeave announces $2.2 billion investment to expand AI infrastructure in Europe.

European Union Paves The Way For AI Development With Landmark Act

European Union Paves The Way For AI Development With Landmark Act

The European Union has approved the Artificial Intelligence Act, aiming to ensure ethical and safe AI development, categorizing applications into high-risk, limited-risk, and minimal risk categories.

EU's ESMA Wants Public Input on Proposed DLT Regulation

EU's ESMA Wants Public Input on Proposed DLT Regulation

The European Union’s Securities and Markets Authority has called on concerned market stakeholders to comment on its proposed regulation for the use of Distributed Ledger Technology in securities trading and settlement.

FTX Crypto Exchange Announces Major Expansion into European Market

FTX Crypto Exchange Announces Major Expansion into European Market

The expansion into Europe is a timely one for FTX, which launched its US subsidiary business two years ago.

European Commission Unveils Strategy to Lead Web 4.0 and Virtual Worlds

European Commission Unveils Strategy to Lead Web 4.0 and Virtual Worlds

A new strategy for Web 4.0 and virtual worlds has been unveiled by the European Commission in an effort to steer the next technological revolution and guarantee a safe, open, and welcoming online environment for individuals, organizations, and government agencies across the EU.

Breaking: Binance Sells Russian Operations to CommEX, Exits Market

Breaking: Binance Sells Russian Operations to CommEX, Exits Market

Binance has announced the sale of its entire Russia business to CommEX, citing compliance issues as the primary reason for the exit. The transition process for existing Russian users is expected to take up to one year, with no financial strings attached to the deal for Binance.

EU to Regulate AI Use of Copyrighted Material

EU to Regulate AI Use of Copyrighted Material

The European Union has passed a draft bill to regulate AI use of copyrighted materials. AI tools will be classified according to their risk level, with high-risk tools subjected to stricter transparency procedures. The bill is part of the EU's Artificial Intelligence Act and aims to strike a balance between protecting citizens and fostering innovation.

Report by Bitget Reveals 1.5 Million Daily Active Crypto Traders in Western Europe

Report by Bitget Reveals 1.5 Million Daily Active Crypto Traders in Western Europe

According to a recent report by Bitget Research, Western Europe is witnessing a significant rise in daily active crypto traders, with Germany and France leading the way. The study also highlights the region's strong engagement in decentralized finance (DeFi) and preference for centralized exchanges.

Bitzlato crypto firm taken down

Bitzlato crypto firm taken down

Europol: 46% of Bitzlato assets were unlawful. U.S. and European authorities confiscated $19.5 million in cryptocurrencies from crypto wallets.

Leaked EU Commission Draft on Crypto Assets Law: How Will Cryptocurrency be Regulated?

Leaked EU Commission Draft on Crypto Assets Law: How Will Cryptocurrency be Regulated?

A leaked European Union legislative draft on digital assets reveals the country's plans for cryptocurrency trading and issuance across the nation.

European Crypto Startups See Record VC Investment in 2022

European Crypto Startups See Record VC Investment in 2022

Despite a challenging year for the crypto industry in 2022, VC investment in European crypto startups reached an all-time high of $5.7 billion, with decentralized finance startups seeing a 120% increase in investments. Europe is also home to the highest number of crypto startups, but lags behind the US in unicorns and startups with over $1 million in funding. Investment in financial service-based startups declined by 19% compared to 2021, while infrastructure grew by 24%. The EU's Markets in Crypto-Assets regulations are set for a final vote in April 2023.

First in the World? Lithuania Central Bank Approved Blockchain-based Digital Collectible

First in the World? Lithuania Central Bank Approved Blockchain-based Digital Collectible

Implementing a unique new idea will be the Bank of Lithuania in introducing the world’s first blockchain – based digital coin collectible.

EU Court Upholds Privacy in Encrypted Messaging Ruling

EU Court Upholds Privacy in Encrypted Messaging Ruling

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld privacy and freedom of expression, rejecting backdoor demands in encrypted messaging services, highlighting potential security risks.

Christine Lagarde Announced EUR 750 Billion Bond Buyback, Bitcoin Surged 10%

Christine Lagarde Announced EUR 750 Billion Bond Buyback, Bitcoin Surged 10%

With the launch of ECB's €750 Billion bond buyback, Bitcoin, in the last 24 hours witnessed a steep increase in price clocking at 16% growth.

Ethereum Achieves Record-High of $2,700 as EIB Announces Sale of Digital Bond on Ethereum Blockchain

Ethereum Achieves Record-High of $2,700 as EIB Announces Sale of Digital Bond on Ethereum Blockchain

Ethereum hits a record high of $2,718 as the European Investment Bank announces a plan to sell a "two-year digital bond" on the Ethereum blockchain network.

Microsoft's OpenAI Investment Faces EU Merger Regulation Scrutiny

Microsoft's OpenAI Investment Faces EU Merger Regulation Scrutiny

The European Commission is investigating Microsoft's investment in OpenAI, a significant partnership since 2019, under the EU Merger Regulation, as part of a larger plan to control tech giants' influence in the AI field, focusing on potential anti-competitive impacts.

Seoul Prosecutors Reveal Terra's Do Kwon is Hiding in Europe

Seoul Prosecutors Reveal Terra's Do Kwon is Hiding in Europe

South Korean prosecutors believe Do Kwon is currently residing in Europe

Decline in Cryptocurrency ATMs in 2023: A Global Perspective

Decline in Cryptocurrency ATMs in 2023: A Global Perspective

In 2023, the global number of Bitcoin ATMs decreased by 11.1%, marking the first decline in a decade, with the U.S. being the largest host, contrasting with growth in the EU and other regions.

OECD Will Launch International Crypto Tax Standards in 2021 says Tax Director

OECD Will Launch International Crypto Tax Standards in 2021 says Tax Director

The director of the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration has revealed that the OECD will release an international tax reporting standard for crypto assets in 2021.

European Commission Launches Research Unit to Investigate Algorithms Used by Big Tech

European Commission Launches Research Unit to Investigate Algorithms Used by Big Tech

The European Commission has launched a new research unit called the European Centre for Algorithmic Transparency (ECAT) to investigate the impact of algorithms used by prominent online platforms and search engines such as Facebook and Google. The team will analyze and evaluate the AI-backed algorithms used by Big Tech firms to identify and address any potential risks posed by these platforms.

Three Major Central Banks Play a Pivotal Role in Bitcoin Adoption

Three Major Central Banks Play a Pivotal Role in Bitcoin Adoption

Market analyst Holger Zschaepitz believes that the big three central banks, namely the Federal Reserve (Fed), the Bank of Japan (BoJ), and the European Central Bank (ECB), have been instrumental in Bitcoin adoption.

EU Imposes 8th Wave Sanctions over Russia to Include Blanket Crypto Ban

EU Imposes 8th Wave Sanctions over Russia to Include Blanket Crypto Ban

The European Union (EU) has updated its sanction on Russia, the 8th package, and this time, it unveils zero tolerance for crypto-related transactions.

European Securities and Markets Authority Calls for Input on New EU Crypto Rules

European Securities and Markets Authority Calls for Input on New EU Crypto Rules

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU's financial markets regulator, has initiated its first consultation package under the Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (MiCA). The authority is seeking stakeholder comments until September 20, 2023, marking a significant step towards establishing concrete rules for crypto markets in the EU.

ECB to Announce by Mid-2021 Whether It Will Move Forward with CBDC Issuance

ECB to Announce by Mid-2021 Whether It Will Move Forward with CBDC Issuance

European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde said that a decision on whether or not to launch a CBDC will be made by the middle of this year.

European Commission Moves to Tighten Rules on Cryptocurrency Transfers

European Commission Moves to Tighten Rules on Cryptocurrency Transfers

The European Commission has announced that firms transferring Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies must collect details of payers and payees to help regulators prevent the flow of dirty money.

PayPal Confirms Its Plan to Develop Cryptocurrency Capabilities in its Letter to the European Commission

PayPal Confirms Its Plan to Develop Cryptocurrency Capabilities in its Letter to the European Commission

In a letter to the European Commission in March 2020, payment giant PayPal has now confirmed that has it is actively working to bring cryptocurrencies capabilities on its platform. In the detailed letter, PayPal said that it has taken tangible and unilateral steps to further develop its capabilities in the cryptocurrency space.

Greece Establishes High-Level Advisory Committee for Artificial Intelligence Strategy

Greece Establishes High-Level Advisory Committee for Artificial Intelligence Strategy

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced the formation of a High-Level Advisory Committee for AI on October 19, 2023. Led by MIT Professor Constantinos Daskalakis, the committee aims to prepare Greece for the rapid advancements in AI and their applications. The committee will focus on long-term national strategy, including policy development and guidelines, in key areas such as economy, society, and innovation.

Jacobi Asset Management Introduces Europe's First Premier Bitcoin ETF with a Green Initiative

Jacobi Asset Management Introduces Europe's First Premier Bitcoin ETF with a Green Initiative

Jacobi Asset Management launches Europe's first Bitcoin ETF on Euronext Amsterdam, blending crypto investment with a green initiative. The ETF, compliant with SFDR Article 8, offers a unique Renewable Energy Certificate solution.

CBDCs Are Bad News to European Banks, says Bank of America Analysts

CBDCs Are Bad News to European Banks, says Bank of America Analysts

Bank of America analysts have made important revelations concerning the launch of CBDCs. They recently disclosed that CBDCs are bad news to European Banks.

Protests Erupt as Alexander Lukashenko Wins Disputed Landslide Election in Crypto Forward Belarus

Protests Erupt as Alexander Lukashenko Wins Disputed Landslide Election in Crypto Forward Belarus

In Belarus, a highly contested election victory for longstanding President Alexander Lukashenko over Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has erupted in protests. Despite the dispute, the Soviet forged dictator’s stay of power may be good news for crypto.

Germany’s Financial Regulator Warns Binance Over Stock Token Offering

Germany’s Financial Regulator Warns Binance Over Stock Token Offering

Germany's financial regulator BaFin has warned Binance that it may be violating European securities laws with the introduction of its stock token trading.

European Union Introduces Comprehensive Crypto Law

European Union Introduces Comprehensive Crypto Law

The European Union has introduced a new crypto licensing regime called Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA), making it the first major jurisdiction in the world to introduce a comprehensive crypto law. The EU also voted in favor of a Transfer of Funds regulation that requires crypto operators to identify their customers in a bid to halt money laundering.

Dutch Government Invests Heavily in AI to Compete Globally

Dutch Government Invests Heavily in AI to Compete Globally

The Dutch government has allocated €204.5 million ($222.07 million) for AI development, signaling a robust commitment to advancing the Netherlands' position in the global AI landscape and adhering to the EU's AI Act.

Google Assistant to Integrate Bard AI for Enhanced Capabilities

Google Assistant to Integrate Bard AI for Enhanced Capabilities

Google Assistant is set to integrate with Google's Bard AI to offer enhanced functionalities. The integration will allow Google Assistant to perform complex tasks like planning vacations and sorting emails. Although the feature is still under testing, it marks Google's aggressive efforts to compete in the AI space.

G20 Lays Regulatory Foundation to Accept Digital Payments by November Summit

G20 Lays Regulatory Foundation to Accept Digital Payments by November Summit

G20 officials have announced that they will begin the preliminary regulatory groundwork for the group to accept digital payments.

IMF Boss Says Europe Can Avoid Debt Trap, Difficult to Believe in Crypto as Money

IMF Boss Says Europe Can Avoid Debt Trap, Difficult to Believe in Crypto as Money

IMF Chief Kristalina Georgieva said that Europe could reverse getting into a debt crisis. She further warned about the risks associated with cryptocurrencies.

Europe Takes the Major Share in terms of Global Crypto Distribution

Europe Takes the Major Share in terms of Global Crypto Distribution

As crypto adoption continues to gain steam, Europe is at the helm when it comes to crypto distribution worldwide.

Estonia's Central Bank Launches Research Project into CBDC

Estonia's Central Bank Launches Research Project into CBDC

Estonia’s Central Bank also known as Eesti Pank has launched a multi-year research project into central bank digital currencies.

China and EU Trade Talks Included the Potential Cooperation of Central Bank Digital Currencies

China and EU Trade Talks Included the Potential Cooperation of Central Bank Digital Currencies

The European Union and China recently had trade and economic discussions regarding topics including central bank digital currencies (CBDC) and supply chain.

Bitstamp acquires a Spanish crypto licence

Bitstamp acquires a Spanish crypto licence

Bitstamp has been focusing on the European Union market since its launch in 2011. The approval from the Bank of Spain lets Bitstamp's local subsidiary offer digital currency exchange services for fiat currency and electronic wallet custody services to Spanish users. By this fall, the country became home to the third-largest network of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency ATMs after the United States and Canada.

EU Plans to Bar Interest Payments on Deposits in Stablecoins

EU Plans to Bar Interest Payments on Deposits in Stablecoins

Patrick Hansen, the head of Strategy at DeFi startup, Unstoppable Finance, said the expected MiCA bill could come as early as this month’s ending.

Ethics of Web3 Discussed at Paris Blockchain Week

Ethics of Web3 Discussed at Paris Blockchain Week

The second day of Paris Blockchain Week 2023 featured a panel discussion on the Ethics of Web3. The panelists agreed that ethical frameworks often lag behind technology and that innovation comes before any ethical standards are implemented. They highlighted the upcoming Markets in Crypto-Assets framework in the European Union as an example of turning ethics into law to protect people and innovation.

Bank of Spain Plans to Look at Design Proposals and Economic Implications of a CBDC

Bank of Spain Plans to Look at Design Proposals and Economic Implications of a CBDC

Spain’s Central Bank mentioned that it would study the design proposals and economic implications of a CBDC in the country.

Binance Expands AI-Powered NFT Generator Bicasso

Binance Expands AI-Powered NFT Generator Bicasso

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, expands its NFT artificial intelligence service Bicasso globally after a successful test in Europe.

ECB Plans to Lead CBDC Exploration to Unleash Global Power of the Euro

ECB Plans to Lead CBDC Exploration to Unleash Global Power of the Euro

Fabio Panetta, a member of the Executive Board of the ECB, stated in his address to the European Parliament that the ECB intends to remain at the forefront of discussions concerning the nature of money in a digital world, including the exploration of the desirability and feasibility of establishing a central bank digital currency (CBDC).

ECB to Meet the Growing Demand for Digital Payments with a CBDC Digital Euro

ECB to Meet the Growing Demand for Digital Payments with a CBDC Digital Euro

President of the ECB Christine Lagarde broached the topic of CBDC issuance and why the bank was seriously considering the creation of a digital euro.

US-Based Invesco Investment Firm Launches Physical Bitcoin ETP In Europe

US-Based Invesco Investment Firm Launches Physical Bitcoin ETP In Europe

Invesco has finally launched a physical Bitcoin exchange-traded product in Europe, just after a few weeks of withdrawing a filing for a Bitcoin future exchange-traded fund in the US.

Binance Scores Big Win as Newly Licensed Exchange in Italy

Binance Scores Big Win as Newly Licensed Exchange in Italy

Binance cryptocurrency exchange has just scored a big win as its Italian offshoot, dubbed Binance Italy, has received approval to operate in the country by the Organismo Agenti e Mediatori (OAM).

European Investment Bank to Harness Blockchain Technology for Bond Sale

European Investment Bank to Harness Blockchain Technology for Bond Sale

The European Investment Bank (EIB) intends to deploy blockchain technology for selling bonds.

Cameron Winklevoss is no Longer a Director at Gemini Europe - Report

Cameron Winklevoss is no Longer a Director at Gemini Europe - Report

Gemini Co-Founder Cameron Winklevoss is no longer a Director in the European offshoot

European Central Bank Hikes Interest Rates in Surprise Move, Bitcoin Remains Steady

European Central Bank Hikes Interest Rates in Surprise Move, Bitcoin Remains Steady

The European Central Bank (ECB) on Thursday increased its benchmark rate from -0.5% to 0%. Crypto market remains steady, Bitcoin stands firm above $23K level during the Asia trading section.

Swedish Central Bank Delays CBDC Plans Again

Swedish Central Bank Delays CBDC Plans Again

The world’s oldest Central Bank, Sweden’s Riksbank, published results of its pilot project for its proposed central bank digital currency, the e-krona.

Ripple XRP Expands European Presence  with University Blockchain Research Initiative

Ripple XRP Expands European Presence with University Blockchain Research Initiative

Ripple has expanded its University Blockchain and Research Initiative in Europe, incorporating Trinity College Dublin, EPITA, IE University, and University of Trento. The initiative aims to nurture blockchain leaders and align with Europe's goal to become a global crypto hub. IE University will organize a virtual asset regulation workshop.

European Commission Eyes Crypto Regulatory Framework with New Digital Finance Package

European Commission Eyes Crypto Regulatory Framework with New Digital Finance Package

The European Commission (EC) has unveiled a digital finance package that highlights legislative proposals on crypto assets and digital resilience.

The Bitcoin logo lights up Berlin

The Bitcoin logo lights up Berlin

The Berlin TV Tower displayed the Bitcoin logo. German Bitcoiners tweeted images and videos of the lighting. These "advertisements" are legally illegal, so proceed cautiously.

Bitcoin Price as Likely as Gold to Rally Higher, Investors Await ECB Policy Meeting Outcome

Bitcoin Price as Likely as Gold to Rally Higher, Investors Await ECB Policy Meeting Outcome

Bitcoin is now more closely correlated to safe haven asset gold than ever, which enables the world’s largest cryptocurrency to be able to combat risk aversion.

European Commission Blockchain Report: The 3 Key Takeaways

European Commission Blockchain Report: The 3 Key Takeaways

Since the inception of Bitcoin, much hype and public attention have followed the development of cryptocurrencies their value being dismissed by many while others have become hoarders of crypto. Away from the uncertainty of cryptocurrency future value, one aspect of the technology is now squarely in the limelight—the blockchain platform or distributed ledger technology that make the currencies possible.

Ethereum Dominates European Blockchain Startup Scene

Ethereum Dominates European Blockchain Startup Scene

LeadBlock Partners, a European Venture Capital fund that invests in early-stage B2B Blockchain solutions, has announced that Ethereum is a prominent gamechanger among all the European blockchain startups.

EU Lawmakers Urged to Speed Up Passage of Crypto Law

EU Lawmakers Urged to Speed Up Passage of Crypto Law

Controversial provisions of the MiCA framework aim to simplify the rise of crypto businesses across the EU's 27 member nations.

European Union Parliament Considers Petition for Crypto Fraud Victims Fund

European Union Parliament Considers Petition for Crypto Fraud Victims Fund

European Union Parliament is considering a petition from a consortium of individuals and companies to establish a restitution fund for victims of crypto-fraud.

EU’s Latest Coronavirus Recovery Deal: What’s Wrong with Fiat and What’s Right with Crypto

EU’s Latest Coronavirus Recovery Deal: What’s Wrong with Fiat and What’s Right with Crypto

The recovery fund spearheaded by the EU is made up of €390 billion in grants and €360 billion in loans, which will be added to a new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), with the sum of €1.074 trillion as a seven-year budget. The heads of state and government have reached a unanimous agreement, resulting in a total financial package of €1.82 trillion.

EU’s Move to Bypass Encryption on Platforms like WhatsApp Sparks Indignation

EU’s Move to Bypass Encryption on Platforms like WhatsApp Sparks Indignation

European Union lawmakers have created a draft proposal that aims to circumvent end-to-end encryption, in a move to increase cybersecurity.

European Central Bank President: Coronavirus Has Accelerated Digital Currency Adoption

European Central Bank President: Coronavirus Has Accelerated Digital Currency Adoption

COVID-19 has led to an acceleration in digital payments adoption and technological innovation, as seen by the spending pattern of European citizens.

The European Commission Announces the Launch of the European Blockchain Regulatory Sandbox

The European Commission Announces the Launch of the European Blockchain Regulatory Sandbox

The European Blockchain Regulatory Sandbox helps 20 projects each year obtain legal and regulatory support from the European Commission.

European Central Bank Encourages Clear Regulatory Structure for Stablecoins to Reap the Benefits While Minimizing Potential Risks

European Central Bank Encourages Clear Regulatory Structure for Stablecoins to Reap the Benefits While Minimizing Potential Risks

The European Central Bank (ECB) published an in-depth report on global stablecoins, focusing on highlighting the requirement for clear regulatory parameters for stablecoins, and the risks it may pose to financial stability. The ECB suggests that a “robust regulatory framework” must be established to address risks before its benefits could be explored.

Kraken Secures E-Money License in EU, Expands Virtual Asset Services in Spain

Kraken Secures E-Money License in EU, Expands Virtual Asset Services in Spain

Kraken, a San Francisco-based crypto platform, has secured an E-Money Institution license from the Central Bank of Ireland and registered as a Virtual Asset Service Provider in Spain. These moves are part of Kraken's strategy to expand its European operations.

Think Tank Releases Report on the Blockchain-Based Genetic Data Network

Think Tank Releases Report on the Blockchain-Based Genetic Data Network

Think Tank, dGen, releases a new report entitled, “AI, Privacy, and Genomics: The Next Era of Drug Design”. It tackles the issue of privacy and access to genetic data for companies using AI to speed up and improve drug design.

ECB President Pushes for Digital Euro but Calls for Global Bitcoin Regulation

ECB President Pushes for Digital Euro but Calls for Global Bitcoin Regulation

Christine Lagarde, European Central Bank president, said the Bitcoin has been used for money laundering activities and is calling for global regulation of the cryptocurrency.

MetaMask Developer ConsenSys Responds to European Banking Authority's Consultation on Anti-Money Laundering Measures

MetaMask Developer ConsenSys Responds to European Banking Authority's Consultation on Anti-Money Laundering Measures

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has closed its public consultation on revising guidelines for money laundering and terrorist financing risk factors, extending the scope to include crypto-asset service providers (CASPs). ConsenSys, MetaMask's development lead, defended the EBA's approach, stating self-hosted wallets should not be considered a risk factor and praised the EBA's recognition of blockchain analytics' role in risk mitigation.

Feeling Left Out? EU Establishes Approximately €400m Blockchain & AI Fund

Feeling Left Out? EU Establishes Approximately €400m Blockchain & AI Fund

The European Commission and European Investment Fund (EIF) have launched a €2B fund to be invested in fundamental technologies. Nearly €300-€400M will be invested in blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) amid fears that China and the US are setting a precedent in these areas.

Blackrock Rollouts Blockchain ETF for European Investors

Blackrock Rollouts Blockchain ETF for European Investors

The iShares Blockchain Technology UCITS ETF targets institutional and professional investors in Europe.

Kraken Irish Subsidiary Awarded VASP Authorization by Central Bank of Ireland

Kraken Irish Subsidiary Awarded VASP Authorization by Central Bank of Ireland

Payward Europe Solutions, Kraken's Irish subsidiary, has been granted VASP authorization by the Central Bank of Ireland. This authorization comes at a critical time as the EU is set to vote on the MiCA regulation, which requires all companies operating as a crypto assets service provider in the EU to register with an authorized regulator.

European Commission Takes Aim at AI-Generated Disinformation Ahead of Elections

European Commission Takes Aim at AI-Generated Disinformation Ahead of Elections

The European Commission mandates major tech platforms to detect AI-generated content to shield European elections from misinformation, highlighting a robust approach towards maintaining democratic integrity.

Council of Europe Adopts Groundbreaking AI Guidelines for Journalism

Council of Europe Adopts Groundbreaking AI Guidelines for Journalism

The Council of Europe has adopted new guidelines for responsible AI use in journalism, emphasizing human rights and rule of law in the news media sector.

Dutch Central Bank Forces Crypto Firms to Register Within Two Weeks or Face Cease and Desist

Dutch Central Bank Forces Crypto Firms to Register Within Two Weeks or Face Cease and Desist

The Dutch Central Bank, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has announced that crypto companies must register with the authority by May 18, or to stop operating immediately. DNB has looking to enforce the Dutch anti-money laundering (AML) laws, which was passed by the Dutch Parliament in April to comply with the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD4) laws. The Dutch AML laws are in compliance with the Financial Action Task Force-recommended AML directives and standards.

EU Proposes Cap on Anonymous Crypto Transfers

EU Proposes Cap on Anonymous Crypto Transfers

The European Union is proposing a 1,000 euro cap on anonymous crypto transfers to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. The limit would apply to transfers when a customer cannot be identified, and the proposal also caps cash transactions at 7,000 euros. The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism package is expected to be confirmed in April.

EU Agreement on MiCA May Not Favor Stablecoins

EU Agreement on MiCA May Not Favor Stablecoins

After much deliberation and compromises from the European Commission, Assembly, and Council, a final agreement that builds the comprehensive framework for the digital currency ecosystem has finally been made

Hypervine Pilots Blockchain-Enabled Satellite Data Project to Curb Climate Impact of Mining Sector

Hypervine Pilots Blockchain-Enabled Satellite Data Project to Curb Climate Impact of Mining Sector

Hypervine, a blockchain construction company based in Glasgow, Scotland, has revealed the kicking off of a blockchain-powered project that will utilize satellite data to boost efficiency in the mining industry. Expressly, it will be funded by the European Space Agency (ESA).

European Crypto Miners Share Insights About Their Local Mining Industry

European Crypto Miners Share Insights About Their Local Mining Industry

dGen, a non-profit research organization, in its report, has revealed that the cryptocurrency miners in the European region believe that Europe's higher electricity prices as compared to that of Russia and China is due to the strict regulation, strong protections, and political stability.

EU Passes Vote for Digital Wallet

EU Passes Vote for Digital Wallet

The European Parliament passed a plenary vote for interinstitutional negotiations to create a EU-wide digital wallet. The eID amendments include zero-knowledge proofs to enable citizens to control their identity data.

European Digital Currencies Soon to Become Legal Tenders, ECB Says

European Digital Currencies Soon to Become Legal Tenders, ECB Says

Central Bank Digital Currencies may soon become legal tenders in their jurisdictions as planned by major central banks in Europe as officials are currently studying such initiatives.

Banks Holding Cryptocurrencies Face Strict New Regulations in European Parliament

Banks Holding Cryptocurrencies Face Strict New Regulations in European Parliament

The European Parliament must approve a new crypto exposure policy for banks.

WisdomTree Expands Crypto Offerings in Europe, Launching Cardano, Polkadot & Solana ETPs

WisdomTree Expands Crypto Offerings in Europe, Launching Cardano, Polkadot & Solana ETPs

WisdomTree has listed additional physically-backed crypto ETPs on major exchanges in Europe.

European Central Bank Assesses Potential Digital Euro CBDC Issuance

European Central Bank Assesses Potential Digital Euro CBDC Issuance

The European Central Bank (ECB) evaluated whether a digital euro would be a beneficial addition to its financial system through an October report.

Mutual Efforts with Europe, U.S. Key for CBDC Issuance: Bank of Japan Governor

Mutual Efforts with Europe, U.S. Key for CBDC Issuance: Bank of Japan Governor

Joining hands with the United States and Europe is fundamental when meeting technical issues needed in the issuance of a central bank digital currency (CBDC).

AFP and Other Media Giants Call for Global AI Regulation to Protect Integrity

AFP and Other Media Giants Call for Global AI Regulation to Protect Integrity

AFP and major media organizations have called for global AI regulation to protect content integrity, urging transparency, IP protection, and bias reduction.

European Blockchain Service Infrastructure PCP to Begin—Why it Could Benefit XRP and BTC

European Blockchain Service Infrastructure PCP to Begin—Why it Could Benefit XRP and BTC

The EC seeks industry tenders for the European Blockchain Service Infrastructure (EBSI) - a European blockchain solution that could inadvertently see BTC and XRP soar.

German Finance Minister Calls for Speedy Interventions in the Rollout of a Digital Euro

German Finance Minister Calls for Speedy Interventions in the Rollout of a Digital Euro

German Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz, sees the digital euro as an ideal innovation to meet the high demand for digital money from businesses and consumers in Europe.

Binance Launches In-Store Crypto Payment Solution with Ingenico

Binance Launches In-Store Crypto Payment Solution with Ingenico

In Q2 2023, a crypto-to-fiat solution for fiat payments will pilot for retailers.

Crypto Mining May be Sacrificed as EU Continues to Battle Energy Crisis

Crypto Mining May be Sacrificed as EU Continues to Battle Energy Crisis

With the energy crisis in the EU, member countries may be mandated to halt crypto-mining activities

European Parliament Ratifies MiCA Framework in Landslide Vote

European Parliament Ratifies MiCA Framework in Landslide Vote

The long-awaited Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) regulation has just scaled through the European Parliament as MPs voted massively in favour of the bill.l

Five EU Member States Take Position Against Stablecoins

Five EU Member States Take Position Against Stablecoins

Five members of the 27-member European Union Bloc has urged the body to pass regulations to stiffen the emergence and existence of stablecoins in the region

The ECB Warns Financial Stability Risks If Central Banks Fails to Issue Digital Currencies

The ECB Warns Financial Stability Risks If Central Banks Fails to Issue Digital Currencies

The European Central Bank (ECB) warns that nations who decide not to issue CBDCs may encounter risks to their monetary autonomy and financial systems.

ECB Publishes New Guideline on Regulated Digital Asset Licensing

ECB Publishes New Guideline on Regulated Digital Asset Licensing

The European Central Bank (ECB) has issued new licensing guidelines for regulating digital assets, although it currently does not have a unified regulatory framework governing crypto-asset activities and services.

European Asset Manager Believes Bitcoin is Not Doomed Despite Industry Collapse

European Asset Manager Believes Bitcoin is Not Doomed Despite Industry Collapse

A European asset manager, Amundi, believes that the ongoing cryptocurrency industry collapse does not mean that digital assets like Bitcoin are doomed to fail. Despite BTC's inability to protect investors from rising inflation, its limited supply may still attract attention if inflation remains high.

High Risk Crypto Activity on The Rise in Eastern Europe Amid Russia-Ukraine War - Chainalysis

High Risk Crypto Activity on The Rise in Eastern Europe Amid Russia-Ukraine War - Chainalysis

Illicit cryptocurrency activities have increased in the region driven by economic sanctions.

Portugal's Zero-Taxation, Low Living Costs Helps Gain Pace as Preferred Crypto Destination

Portugal's Zero-Taxation, Low Living Costs Helps Gain Pace as Preferred Crypto Destination

Portugal is crafting a name for itself in the crypto space based on its zero-taxation policy, having set up various free zones to spur growth and research for cryptocurrency and blockchain organizations.

Three EU Regulators Warn Crypto Investors of Potential Losses

Three EU Regulators Warn Crypto Investors of Potential Losses

Three European Union regulators have warned investors of the potential loss in the digital currency ecosystem.

European Blockchain Convention reinvents itself to remain the leading congress in Europe

European Blockchain Convention reinvents itself to remain the leading congress in Europe

European Blockchain Convention Virtual becomes the meeting point of the Blockchain Industry this year in Europe. The congress, which will be held on September 21 and 22, will feature workshops, presentations, panel discussions and more than 100 world-class speakers. EBC will provide access to an AI-powered networking platform to facilitate virtual one-to-one meetings between over 1.500 attendees.

Binance Unveils Crypto-Powered Debit Card in Europe For Seamless Transactions Across 60 Million Merchants

Binance Unveils Crypto-Powered Debit Card in Europe For Seamless Transactions Across 60 Million Merchants

Leading crypto exchange Binance has rolled out the Binance Card, a crypto debit card, in Europe that will enable users to convert their stored cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC), Binance Coin (BNB), Swipe (SXP), and Binance USD (BUSD) to fiat and spend them at more than 60 million merchants worldwide.

The Old World. What is going on with Digital Assets in Europe?

The Old World. What is going on with Digital Assets in Europe?

Europe is an enormous market of more than half a billion people. As small amounts up to 8 million euros may be raised without registration of the offering, it is a very attractive market for international projects looking to reach new investors for their security token offering.

France Seeks to Block Development of Libra in Europe

France Seeks to Block Development of Libra in Europe

While speaking at a recent conference in Paris on virtual currencies, Bruno Le Maire, French Finance Minister said, “In these conditions, we cannot authorise the developments of Libra on European soil.

CryptoFin is the largest blockchain, cryptocurrency and alternative banking conference in Northern Europe

CryptoFin is the largest blockchain, cryptocurrency and alternative banking conference in Northern Europe

The capital city of the Northern star Estonia will host the 2-day international event CryptoFin Conference & Expo on 14-15 of October 2019 at the Creative Hub.

HSBC Becomes the First Bank to Finance Transaction via Hyperledger

HSBC Becomes the First Bank to Finance Transaction via Hyperledger

Multinational banking giant, HSBC has reportedly become the first bank to complete a financial transaction using the blockchain trade platform, we.trade based in Europe.

Dutch Central Bank Aims to Play Leading Role in Developing CBDC in Europe as Part of Plan to Become Increasingly Digital

Dutch Central Bank Aims to Play Leading Role in Developing CBDC in Europe as Part of Plan to Become Increasingly Digital

The Dutch central bank, De Nederlandsche Bank made an announcement in its bulletin, saying that it aims to become the world leader in the development of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). The report highlighted that the topic of CBDC has gained more public exposure in the Netherlands than in “several other euro area countries for several reasons.”

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