European Council approves MiCA text for crypto regulation

The European Council approved the Markets in Crypto Assets Regulation (MiCA), the first step towards establishing a licensing system for cryptocurrency exchanges and assets.

Fast facts

  • European Parliament lawmakers must still agree on the full legal text formally. In 2024, the regulation is expected to take effect.
  •   “Registration in the Union is required for asset-referenced token issuers to be able to supervise and monitor public offerings,” according to the proposal.
  • According to the proposal, stablecoins and cryptocurrencies are subject to regulations regardless of how they are designed.
  • Crypto assets could also benefit retail investors and market participants, according to the proposal.
  • The European Commission first received the MiCA proposal in September 2020.

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