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Parliamentary questions
11 June 2018
E-001291/2018
Answer given by Ms Gabriel on behalf of the Commission

The Commission is not monitoring bitcoin mining activities in the EU and is not aware of who the biggest bitcoin miners in Europe are.

Miners can (and sometimes do) use computer resources from users without their consent. These activities could amount to offences under criminal law, e.g. where illegal access to information systems or illegal system interference are involved.

Directive 2013/40/EU(1) on attacks against information systems requires the approximation of criminal law systems between EU countries and the enhancement of cooperation between law enforcement and judicial authorities concerning illegal access to information systems and illegal system interference, among others. Member States were required to transpose the directive by 4 September 2015.

The Commission submitted a report to the European Parliament and the Council assessing the extent to which the Member States have taken the necessary measures in order to comply with the directive in September 2017(2) and is currently assessing the conformity of Member States' laws transposing the directive.

(1)http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2013:218:0008:0014:EN:PDF
(2)COM(2017) 474 final; http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52017DC0474

Last updated: 14 June 2018Legal notice