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European Commission Funded Project Seeks Applications for Blockchain Solutions

ONTOCHAIN, a project funded by the European Commission under the Next Generation Internet initiative, is on the hunt for applicants seeking to build a new software ecosystem for “trusted, traceable, and transparent ontological knowledge management.” The €4.2 million fund will provide €123,000 in equity-free money… Read More

Oliver Gajda of the European Crowdfunding Network: An 8 Year Journey for Harmonized Crowdfunding Rules

Earlier this month, the European Union approved new crowdfunding rules, including a €5 million funding cap, that will apply to all member states finally creating a pan-European approach to online capital formation. Currently, the securities crowdfunding market in Europe struggles under bespoke national rules that… Read More

European Banking Authority to Allow Banks to Include Software based Assets in their Capital Requirement Estimates

The European Banking Authority, a regulatory body of the European Union that’s headquartered in Paris, has revealed plans to allow banks to include software-based assets in their capital requirement calculations. This should help lenders with strengthening their safety buffers, the agency noted. At present, banking… Read More

European Crowdfunding Network “Wholeheartedly” Welcomes Harmonized Crowdfunding Rules for Europe

Earlier this week, the European Union approved legislation that will harmonize securities crowdfunding rules for member states. Inclusive in the legislation is a 12-month funding cap of €5 million for issuers leveraging online capital formation. The goal is to facilitate capital formation for entrepreneurs and… Read More

European Union Approves New Crowdfunding Rules that Apply to Member States, Funding Cap Set at €5 Million

Earlier today, the European Union approved crowdfunding rules that will apply to all member states thus finally offering a pan-European approach to online capital formation while removing much of the friction in the current ecosystem that suffers from regulatory fragmentation. Industry participants, along with industry… Read More

European Union Digital Asset Legislation Anticipated to Create Confidence, Open the Market to DLT Innovators

A Discussion with Franck Guiader of Gide 255 Last week, the European Commission adopted a Digital Finance Package along with legislative proposals on cryptoassets (digital assets). The move had been widely telegraphed by the Commission and, in fact, a draft of the crypto regulation was leaked… Read More

Apple Says New EU Legislation Requiring it to Open Up its Apple Pay Tech to Third-Parties would Compromise Security

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) recently noted that new legislation might require that it opens up its proprietary Apple Pay technology to various third-parties. The tech giant, which recently became the world’s first company to surpass the $2 trillion market cap mark, claims that allowing others to closely… Read More

European Commission Adopts Digital Finance Package and Legislative Proposals on Crypto-Assets

The European Commission has announced the adoption of a Digital Finance Package along with legislative proposals on crypto-assets (digital assets).  The announcement has been widely anticipated and earlier this month draft legislation pertaining to crypto-assets was leaked to the public. According to a statement by… Read More

European Draft Regulation of Crypto-Assets Seeks Innovation Friendly Approach as Usage of Blockchain in Financial Services Grows

Draft regulation crafted by the European Commission that pertains to crypto-assets (digital assets) and blockchain tech in financial services has surfaced on the web. Final legislation has been anticipated at some point this month as European policymakers seek to foster an “innovation-friendly” approach that assures… Read More

Digital Assets: Germany, France, Other Nations Ask European Commission to Draft Strict Policies for Stablecoins

Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands recently asked the European Commission (EC) to draft strict regulatory policies for stablecoins, which are digital assets that are supposed to be backed or pegged 1-to-1 with major fiat currencies like the US dollar or the British pound… Read More

London Stock Exchange Might be Looking to Sell Borsa Italiana so it Can Complete Refinitiv Acquisition

The London Stock Exchange (LSE), which is based in the City of London, England and has a market cap of around $4.6 trillion, is reportedly looking into whether it should sell its Borsa Italiana business, so that it can appease certain European Union regulators, and… Read More

European Commission is Being Asked to Use European Social Fund to Issue Loans via Crowdfunding and P2P Lenders

The European Commission (EC), the executive branch of the European Union that recommends legislation, implements various policies and decisions, among other duties, is being asked to use its European Social Fund (ESF) to issue loans via crowdfunding and peer to peer (P2P) lending platforms across… Read More

European Fintech Association Combines Several Entities to Create Single Voice for Fintechs in Europe

The recently launched European Fintech Association (EFA) is seeking to unite disparate voices in the fast-growing Fintech industry. The non profit is an entity that combines EFAlliance and FinTechs4Europe to provide a cogent approach to emerging European Union policy. In a recent release, the EFA… Read More

EU Consultation on Payments Strategy Deadlines for Comments on Friday

The European Union initiated a consultation on its retail payments strategy last April. The deadline for comments is this Friday, June 26, 2020. The consultation addresses the digitization of payments and the belief that Europe needs a “strategic vision to ensure that consumers and companies… Read More

Blockchain-based Brave Browser Files Complaint Urging European Commission to Take Action Against Government Agencies that are Not Ensuring User Privacy

The San Francisco-based developers of Brave, an open-source, privacy-oriented Internet browser, have submitted a complaint which asks the European Commission to take quick action against European Union-based government agencies that are not protecting the data and privacy of local residents. Brave’s complaint was filed on… Read More

Sustainable Development Crowdlending Platform Oneplanetcrowd Gets European Union Support

Oneplanetcrowd, a crowdlending platform, has received € 1 million in growth finance from the European Investment Fund to support social entrepreneurship. The funding from the EIF came via the EU’s Employment and Social Innovation Programme Capacity Building Investments window. According to a statement by the… Read More

European Commission Plans Crypto-Asset Legislation in Q3 of 2020

The European Commission (EC) intends on publishing possible legislation for digital assets or crypto-assets in Q3 of 2020. This is according to a statement Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis on behalf of the EC. The reveal was squirreled away in a European Parliament question page. The statement… Read More

Europe: DG FISMA Schedules Series of Online Roundtables on Fintech Topics

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The European Commission DG FISMA (The Directorate‑General for Financial Stability, Financial Services, and Capital Markets Union is the Commission department responsible for EU policy on banking and finance) has scheduled a series of virtual roundtables tackling Fintech topics. The series is an outreach program that… Read More

Here is the EU’s Consultation on Digital Finance – Fintech Action Plan

This month, the European Commission kicked off a consultation on the future of digital finance and Fintech. Simultaneously a consultation on payments was announced. The Fintech consultation opens by explaining the following: “Digitalisation is transforming the European financial system and the provision of financial services… Read More

France: GSX CEO Comments on Autorité des Marchés Financieres Proposal on Digital Securities

Recently, the French Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), the leading securities regulator in France, posted a legal analysis of security tokens or digital securities. The AMF posited that while there remain certain “legal obstacles,” in their opinion national authorities can adapt to these types of… Read More

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