The heart of tech is coming to the heart of the Mediterranean. Join TNW in València this March 🇪🇸

This article was published on September 13, 2019

France calls for EU-wide cryptocurrency rules amid Libra concerns

France calls for EU-wide cryptocurrency rules amid Libra concerns
Yessi Bello Perez
Story by

Yessi Bello Perez

Former Senior Writer, Growth Quarters

The European Union needs to establish a common set of rules for cryptocurrencies to counteract risks posed by Facebook’s Libra, Frances Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said today.

According to Reuters, Libra could pose risks to consumers, financial stability and even “the sovereignty of European states,” Le Maire said.

His latest comments come just one day after he said France would block Libra’s development because it posed a threat to the “monetary sovereignty” of governments.

As previously reported by Hard Fork, Le Maire said Libra posed systemic financial risks, risks for sovereignty, and the potential for abuse of market dominance associated with Facebook’s cryptocurrency.

“All these concerns about Libra are serious. I, therefore, want to say with plenty of clarity: in these conditions, we cannot authorize the development of Libra on European soil.”

Le Maire also spoke about the creation of a European “public digital currency,” but failed to divulge further details. He is, however, expected to discuss this issue with other ministers next month.

Libra controversy

It goes without saying that Facebook‘s ‘cryptocurrency‘ hasn’t had it easy so far.

Ever since it was first announced earlier this year, the tech giant’s project has ruffled feathers across the globe, with countries such as India expressing deep-rooted concerns relatively early on.

Despite the controversy, Bertrand Perez, general director of the Libra Association, told French magazine Les Echos, said he was confident about Libra launching in 2020.

“In many countries, the regulatory framework for cryptos [sic] is still unclear,” he said. “And we are firmly maintaining our launch schedule, between the end of the first half of the year and the end of 2020.”

“To achieve this goal, we still have work [to do] and especially with the regulators. We are about to get our approval, as a payment system, in Switzerland. We are fully aware of the issues related to money laundering and terrorist financing, and we will work with regulators to address them,” added Perez.

Want more Hard Fork? Join us in Amsterdam on October 15-17 to discuss blockchain and cryptocurrency with leading experts.

Get the TNW newsletter

Get the most important tech news in your inbox each week.

Also tagged with

Back to top