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European Union Plans to Ban Interest Payments on Deposits in Stablecoins

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Gamza Khanzadaev

European lawmakers will hold final discussion of bill on regulation of cryptocurrencies on June 30

The European Union is preparing to ban cryptocurrency platforms from charging interest on stablecoin deposits, according to Patrick Hansen, head of strategy at DeFi at Unstoppable Finance. According to his tweets, lawmakers will set high regulatory requirements for issuers of all types of stablecoins, with no exceptions being made for algorithmic ones. The decision will be announced at a meeting of representatives from the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the European Union on June 30.

The meeting itself will be the last in a series of sessions on the MiCA (Markets in Crypto-Assets) bill on the regulation of cryptocurrencies. The main issues have already passed all stages of agreement, and only minor points remain to be clarified, according to Hansen. He noted that the EU Commission is also ready to introduce rules governing NFT tokens too. The aim is to protect consumers by requiring NFT platforms to obtain special licenses.

Bitcoin ban is not under consideration, so far

At the same time, the expert stressed that a Bitcoin ban is not currently being considered by lawmakers. However, the EU plans to introduce special conditions for each individual digital asset. The DeFi industry is not being considered yet, but the European Commission plans to publish a separate report on the topic and will launch a pilot project to oversee DeFi in 2023.

In April, the European Union Parliament approved new anti-money laundering provisions in a related bill that would have a new body whose task list includes monitoring cryptocurrency transactions. The bill not only banned anonymous cryptocurrency transactions but also obliged large cryptocurrency companies to register their business in Europe and obtain a license.

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