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Binance Sounds Alarm Regarding Possible Delisting of Stablecoins as EU Implements MiCA Law – CryptoCurrencyWire


Binance has expressed its apprehension regarding the possible removal of stablecoins from the European market due to the impending enactment of the EU’s MiCA rules. Marina Parthuisot, who serves as Binance France’s head of legal affairs, commented during an online public hearing organized by the European Banking Authority (EBA) that there is a potential scenario of stablecoin delisting in Europe by June 2024 due to the absence of any approved projects.

In response, Elizabeth Noble, team leader at MiCA, stated that stablecoins did not have a transitional arrangement and that their rules would take effect by the end of June next year. Consultations are currently taking place between the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and the EBA to hone the specifics of these regulations.

These comments come at a time when legal experts are grappling with deciphering the far-reaching consequences of the impending MiCA legislation, which is set to take effect soon.

MiCA, which was approved recently, is poised to establish the European Union (EU) as the pioneer in comprehensive crypto regulations on a major scale. One of its primary objectives is to enable wallet providers and exchanges to operate seamlessly across the EU with a unified license, streamlining processes and improving monitoring.

However, the stablecoin’s provisions are what have drawn the most attention and caused the most controversy in the cryptocurrency world. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao addressed these worries on social media and said that the business has partners creating stablecoins that are fully compliant and linked to the euro and other currencies. Zhao stated that Parthuisot’s remarks had been misinterpreted and implied that a smear effort was behind them.

While Binance remains hopeful that a positive solution will be achieved before June 2024 to limit any negative repercussions, regulatory pressure from MiCA has already caused the company to withdraw operations from some European nations. In June, Binance announced its exit from the Dutch crypto market after failing to secure a virtual asset service provider license from regulators.

Decentralization has also made adapting MiCA regulations difficult since many stablecoin issuers strive to operate totally independently from any central authority or source of issuance.

Despite the uncertainty, some assert that overseas issuers might be able to register through an EU-based cryptocurrency service provider, preventing fragmentation of important global efforts such as Circle’s USDC stablecoin. Regulating authorities, however, have not demonstrated a readiness to support such partnerships.

Players in the crypto industry, including Riot Blockchain Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT), will be watching how the new rules are rolled out in the EU and possibly tweak their operations to adhere to the altered regulatory environment.

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