EU Deepens Crypto Regulation

The EU Council, Commission, and Parliament tripartite got a provisional arrangement. The arrangement borders on the Transfer of Funds Regulation and was reached on 29th June. The EU is finetuning the TOFR as part of its regulatory framework for regulating cryptocurrencies.

Regulating Crypto in Its Wild Areas

Crypto service providers will be required to comply with regulations when implemented. They will be equally obliged to adjust their procedures and policies in tandem with it.

The TOFR will go into effect 18 months after applying the MiCA regulations.

The TOFR is embedded with many anti-money laundering mechanisms. It plans to get data on all crypto transactions.

An EU lawmaker tweeted about the provisional regulations and tagged it a solution. The lawmaker, Ernest Utasun, said the provision answers the unregulated crypto wild west. According to Utasun, the regulation applies to every crypto transaction, even a Euro’s worth.

The regulations will monitor even activities at crypto ATMs. Furthermore, crypto service providers must take information on unhosted transactions from wallets. This information will include transactions carried out from and to those wallets.

The regulation requires further that the identities of owners be confirmed on transactions over €1000. The rules surrounding unhosted wallets are perhaps informed by the idea that criminals use them.

The Threat of Russia

Another factor that could have led to the regulations is the issue of Russia. There are reports that Russia still uses cryptocurrencies to evade financial sanctions. As part of the regulations, crypto service providers must abide by all sanctions in place.

But the regulations do not apply to peer-to-peer transactions. It means that when the rules are implemented, traders who are not comfortable can move to P2P.

The regulation will also affect the relationship between digital asset providers and crypto service providers. This is more so in third-world countries where many providers are unlicensed and unregulated.

An EU policymaker, Ondřej Kovařík also made his opinion on the matter known. He took to his Twitter page to say that the EU institutions found an agreement. The agreement is based on the transfer of Funds Regulation. 

He believes it strikes the right balance to mitigate the risks of fighting money laundering. He also believes that the regulation will not overburden businesses or prevent innovations. Crypto asset providers will guard data collected on transactions and provide them to the EU.

The European Union has intensified its efforts at implementing regulations on crypto activities. The institutional crises seen in the crypto sector this year make it more necessary.

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