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Economy & Jobs 05-09-2018

Europe moves towards a common approach to regulate cryptoassets

European decision-makers and regulators are progressing towards an EU approach for dealing with cryptoassets, digital assets that use cryptography such as Bitcoin and represent a booming market still viewed with concern by financial supervisors.
Economy & Jobs 26-02-2018

Europe postpones response to cryptocurrencies to end of year

The European Commission will assess whether new rules are needed against the “substantial speculation” of digital currencies, Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis said on Monday (26 February).
Economy & Jobs 14-02-2018

How Iceland became the Bitcoin miner’s paradise

Iceland is the first country to use more electricity on mining crypto-curriencies than on its households – thanks in part to its magma-fuelled power plants. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Economy & Jobs 12-02-2018

Cryptocurrencies facing ‘pricing bubble’, EU watchdogs warn

Virtual currencies such as bitcoin have shown clear signs of a pricing bubble and consumers could lose all their money, the European Union's banking, securities and insurance watchdogs said on Monday.
Economy & Jobs 21-12-2017

EU seeks to urgently counter threat of bitcoin bubble bursting

The EU's top official for the euro on Wednesday (20 December) pressed European regulators to urgently update financial rules in order to face bitcoin's dizzying volatility, after the crypto-currency leapt from $1,000 to $20,000 in under a year.
Economy & Jobs 15-12-2017

EU agrees clampdown on bitcoin platforms to tackle money laundering

European Union states and legislators agreed on Friday (15 December) on stricter rules to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing on exchange platforms for bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the EU said in a statement.
Digital 05-12-2017

Bitcoin and darknet, European dealers’ toolkit

The dismantling of online drug platforms last summer has highlighted the primary role of e-commerce for Europe’s drug trade. EURACTIV France reports.
Electricity 04-07-2017

Is blockchain about to disrupt the electricity sector?

While EU lawmakers are picking over proposals intended to drag Europe’s electricity sector into a 21st century dominated by intermittent renewable power and decentralised generation, others are already contemplating ways in which new digital technologies might shake things up even more.
Digital 12-06-2017

Darknet guru: New technology can help build European identity

Modern technology could shore up the European project, boost transparency and help governments collect taxes. Author Jamie Bartlett told EURACTIV.com that the EU should become the great technological innovator but warned that politicians simply aren’t prepared for massive changes ahead.

Economy & Jobs 27-04-2017

Russia opens the door to cryptocurrencies

The benefits of blockchain are attractive to Russia’s financial system, writes Antonia Colibasanu.

Anti-establishment wave to help push blockchain into real world in 2017

A wave of anti-establishment sentiment sweeping the Western world is likely to help push blockchain – the technology that gave birth to the renegade digital currency Bitcoin – out of cyberspace and into the real world in 2017.

Five member states want EU-wide laws on encryption

Five EU countries said they want the European Commission to propose legislation that would make it easier for police to crack through encryption technology.
Digital 19-09-2016

Commission champions ‘laissez-faire’ in first response to FinTech revolution

The digital revolution in the financial sector will get a helping hand from EU regulators later this year when the European Commission tables new proposals for retail financing, with a clear objective: let the revolution flourish.
Euro & Finance 08-06-2016

National Front calls for ban on Bitcoin

The National Front wants to preserve cash and ban Bitcoin, which it sees as an unsafe form of payment. The EU has yet to legislate on the subject. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital 21-01-2016

Bank chief: The end of cash could happen within a decade

Cash could become history within a decade, thanks to new financial instruments, including virtual currencies, some of the world's leading bankers said during the World Economic Forum on Wednesday (20 January).

EU chills French push for new rules against terrorism financing

France’s effort to intensify the fight against terrorism financing is expected to find a more cautious response from EU institutions and member states at a meeting of EU finance ministers on Friday (15 January).
Digital 01-12-2015

Hands off! The next generation of the Internet is here

Blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin, is expected to take our digital environment to the next level. While the risks involved are growing in parallel with its development, regulatory responses are not a priority for lawmakers.
Euro & Finance 22-10-2015

EU’s highest court exempts Bitcoins from VAT

In a long-awaited ruling, the EU Court of Justice said on Thursday (22 October) that exchanging traditional currency for the digital currency bitcoin online should be exempt from consumption taxes just like other transactions of traditional currency.
Euro & Finance 08-07-2015

Bitcoin rises as risk of Grexit unsettles markets

The risk of Grexit has caused the markets to plummet, but virtual currencies are cashing in. EURACTIV France reports
Euro & Finance 03-07-2015

Some Greeks look at bitcoin as alternative currency

There is at least one legal way to get your euros out of Greece these days, to guard against the prospect that they might be devalued into drachmas: convert them into bitcoin.
Regional Policy 26-06-2015

It’s time to recognise community currencies

Local authorities and municipalities across Europe are increasingly turning to innovative approaches to meet continuing socio-economic challenges, writes Leander Bindewald.
Euro & Finance 15-07-2014

France tries to rein in Bitcoin market

The French Ministry for Finance wants to increase the regulation of virtual currencies, in an attempt to fight financial crime. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 10-03-2014

Paris puts Bitcoin on EU agenda

Virtual currencies create new regulatory challenges. French Minister for Economy and Finance Pierre Moscovici will ask his European counterparts to take up the issue, EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 13-12-2013

EU banking watchdog warns of risks from Bitcoin

Consumers using Bitcoins are on their own when it comes to losses, the European Union's banking watchdog said on Friday (13 December) in a formal warning to consumers on the risks of using unregulated online currencies.