The European Union Blockchain Observatory and Forum published its January-February 2020 newsletter, which covers the activities and events in EU on topics such as blockchain and artificial intelligence. This issue of the newsletter highlights the publication of thematic report on blockchain and the future of digital assets. It also highlights the publication of a report that provides an account of the use cases in a social impact workshop that was held recently in Barcelona.
The thematic report on blockchain and the future of digital assets focuses on the emerging world of blockchain-based digital assets in all its diversity and complexity. The report covers the background on digital assets, their promise, the challenges and issues they pose, and how policy makers and authorities are reacting to the rise of these assets. The report states that EU is focused more on the risks that arise from digital assets, to the detriment of the great opportunities that they bring. It suggests that authorities should continue their efforts to ensure the healthy growth of digital assets in a safe environment and this starts with providing legal certainty for these actors, which actually means greater clarity for regulators to supervise the digital asset ecosystem. The key recommendations of the report are to develop a harmonized understanding of digital assets, determine the legal treatment of digital assets, strengthen the synergy between public authorities and private actors, and clarify regulatory oversight.
Additionally, the newsletter highlights the following issues that caught the attention of community during these months:
- Bafin guidance notice on crypto tokens
- Legal guidelines for smart derivatives contracts (equities)
- Private international law aspects of smart derivatives contracts utilizing the distributed ledger technology
- Companies that are working on distributed ledger technology solutions for capital markets
Keywords: Europe, EU, Banking, Insurance, Securities, Blockchain, Blockchain Observatory, Newsletter, Fintech, Regtech, Artificial Intelligence, EC
EBA published a report analyzing the impact of the unwind mechanism of the liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) for a sample of European banks over a three-year period, from the end of 2016 to the first quarter of 2020.
In response to questions from a member of the European Parliament, the ECB President Christine Lagarde issued a letter clarifying the possibility of amending the AnaCredit Regulation and making targeted longer-term refinancing operations (TLTROs) dependent on the climate-related impact of bank loans.
IASB started the post-implementation review of the classification and measurement requirements in IFRS 9 on financial instruments and added the review as a project to its work plan.
FSB published a report that examines progress in implementing policy measures to enhance the resolvability of systemically important financial institutions.
EBA published a report on the benchmarking of national loan enforcement frameworks across 27 EU member states, in response to the call for advice from EC.
FSB published a letter from its Chair Randal K. Quarles, along with two reports exploring various aspects of the market turmoil resulting from the COVID-19 event.
RBNZ launched a consultation on the details for implementing the final Capital Review decisions announced in December 2019.
The Trustees of the IFRS Foundation, which are responsible for the governance and oversight of IASB, have announced the appointment of Dr. Andreas Barckow as the IASB Chair, effective July 2021.
HKMA issued a letter to consult the banking industry on a full set of proposed draft amendments to the Banking (Capital) Rules for implementing the Basel standard on capital requirements for banks’ equity investments in funds in Hong Kong.
ESRB published an opinion assessing the decision of Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) to extend the application period of a stricter measure for residential mortgage lending, in accordance with Article 458 of the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR).