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Parliamentary questions
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24 September 2020
E-005216/2020
Question for written answer E-005216/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Hélène Laporte (ID)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Digital currencies

The Commission’s draft proposal on cryptocurrency must establish a new college of supervisors to monitor a number of ‘significant’ digital currencies, such as Facebook’s Libra.

The legislation should address the extreme volatility of digital currencies, including Bitcoin, and the risks posed by systemic currencies such as Libra.

The European executive should present its draft proposal in the coming weeks.

These new currencies are primary targets for speculators and money launderers, which is why the authorities are raising particular concerns about digital currencies supported by sovereign currencies, also known as ‘stablecoins’, such as Libra.

1. Are there safeguards in these new rules to protect consumers and investors and to ensure financial stability and market integrity?

2. A number of Member States, including Germany, France and Malta, have started to draft their own legislation. When does the Commission intend to introduce its legislation?

3. Why does the Commission’s proposal not cover digital currencies that are currently being developed by central banks?

Original language of question: FR
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