The European Union (EU) made a significant stride in cryptocurrency regulation today by officially enacting the Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) legislation
In a significant move towards crypto regulation, the European Union has officially enacted the Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) legislation.
The law, which aims to create a harmonized framework for cryptocurrencies and associated services across the Union, was signed today by the European Parliament President Roberta Metsola and Swedish Rural Affairs Minister Peter Kullgren.
Following its publication in the official journal of the EU, the law will come into force 20 days later, with specific provisions for stablecoins and other crypto-assets applying over the course of the next year and a half.
MiCA represents a comprehensive attempt by the EU to regulate services related to cryptocurrencies that are not yet covered under existing EU legislation.
The main objective of this regulation is to foster innovation and fair competition, ensure a high level of consumer protection, maintain market integrity, and enable cryptocurrency service providers to scale up their businesses on a cross-border basis.
Provisions specifically concerning stablecoins are slated to come into effect in July 2024, while the majority of the other provisions will not be implemented until January 2025. This phased approach is designed to give the market ample time to adjust to the new regulatory framework.
Among industry leaders, the legislation has received overwhelmingly positive reviews. As reported by U.Today, Ripple CEO lauded the MiCA regulations, encouraging other countries to follow suit. He particularly urged the United States to draw inspiration from the EU’s comprehensive approach to cryptocurrency regulation. The Ripple boss emphasized the need for a robust regulatory framework to foster trust in the crypto industry, noting that many other G20 countries are already developing similar guidelines.