EU’s Amended Crypto Bill Adds Bitcoin-Banning Measures Again

by Arnab Shome
  • The EU parliament will vote on the bill on March 14.
  • The bill faced industry backlash for its clauses against proof-of-work cryptocurrencies.
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The European Union has added some clauses around proof-of-work cryptocurrencies on its proposed legislation ahead of its lawmakers and is about to vote on the bill on March 14, The Block reported.

Dubbed Markets in Crypto-Assets Directive, or MiCA, the bill was originally scheduled to be voted on at the end of last month. But, it faced heavy criticism from the cryptocurrency industry as it would outlaw cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin over concerns of energy use.

Though lawmakers have stripped the original provisions around proof-of-work cryptocurrencies, the latest amended version might still have a massive impact on the mining and circulation of some of the popular cryptocurrencies.

Anti-Crypto Laws?

“Crypto-assets shall be subject to minimum environmental sustainability standards with respect to their consensus mechanism used for validating transactions, before being issued, offered or admitted to trading in the Union,” the revised version of the proposed bill states.

The European Union will be responsible for setting the standards of minimum environmental sustainability “for consensus mechanisms used for validating crypto-assets transactions.” It will further decide on “the date or the dates from which the requirement to comply with the minimum environmental sustainability standards takes effect, including a phase-in period.”

The crypto assets which are already in circulation in the 27-country bloc before the date to be decided by the EU would need a phased rollout plan for ensuring compliance .

However, the crypto industry is still not welcoming the proposed legislation. Many believe that it is discriminating in terms of technology.

“Individuals and organizations should be free to choose the technology most appropriate to their needs,” said Ledger, a French crypto hardware wallet manufacturer. “Policymakers should neither impose nor discriminate in favor of a particular technology. This is deeply concerning and would have serious consequences for Europe.”

Meanwhile, other jurisdictions are focused on bringing crypto legislations now. The US President, Joe Biden recently signed an executive order on crypto assets, while Dubai adopts its first set of laws around digital assets and has enacted a new regulator for the industry.

The European Union has added some clauses around proof-of-work cryptocurrencies on its proposed legislation ahead of its lawmakers and is about to vote on the bill on March 14, The Block reported.

Dubbed Markets in Crypto-Assets Directive, or MiCA, the bill was originally scheduled to be voted on at the end of last month. But, it faced heavy criticism from the cryptocurrency industry as it would outlaw cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin over concerns of energy use.

Though lawmakers have stripped the original provisions around proof-of-work cryptocurrencies, the latest amended version might still have a massive impact on the mining and circulation of some of the popular cryptocurrencies.

Anti-Crypto Laws?

“Crypto-assets shall be subject to minimum environmental sustainability standards with respect to their consensus mechanism used for validating transactions, before being issued, offered or admitted to trading in the Union,” the revised version of the proposed bill states.

The European Union will be responsible for setting the standards of minimum environmental sustainability “for consensus mechanisms used for validating crypto-assets transactions.” It will further decide on “the date or the dates from which the requirement to comply with the minimum environmental sustainability standards takes effect, including a phase-in period.”

The crypto assets which are already in circulation in the 27-country bloc before the date to be decided by the EU would need a phased rollout plan for ensuring compliance .

However, the crypto industry is still not welcoming the proposed legislation. Many believe that it is discriminating in terms of technology.

“Individuals and organizations should be free to choose the technology most appropriate to their needs,” said Ledger, a French crypto hardware wallet manufacturer. “Policymakers should neither impose nor discriminate in favor of a particular technology. This is deeply concerning and would have serious consequences for Europe.”

Meanwhile, other jurisdictions are focused on bringing crypto legislations now. The US President, Joe Biden recently signed an executive order on crypto assets, while Dubai adopts its first set of laws around digital assets and has enacted a new regulator for the industry.

About the Author: Arnab Shome
Arnab Shome
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About the Author: Arnab Shome
Arnab is an electronics engineer-turned-financial editor. He entered the industry covering the cryptocurrency market for Finance Magnates and later expanded his reach to forex as well. He is passionate about the changing regulatory landscape on financial markets and keenly follows the disruptions in the industry with new-age technologies.
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