Blockchain 

European Central Bank Policymaker Says Stablecoins Not Cause for Alarm

A European Central Bank (ECB) official has stated that users should be aware of the risks associated with the stablecoins use, but not to be alarmed. As Reuters reported on July 18, member of the ECB’s governing council and president of the Deutsche Bundesbank, Jens Weidmann said that stablecoins — digital currency designed to minimize price volatility by being pegged to another asset — offer users opportunities for prosperity, however users should be vigilant in regards of the associated risks. Weidmann delivered his comments at a news conference at a…

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Ethereum 

Italy, Sweden, and Czechia to Lead European Blockchain Partnership

Italy, Sweden and the Czech Republic will share the next one-year presidency of the European Blockchain Partnership, Cointelegraph Italy reported on July 9. Following a meeting of the European Blockchain Partnership today in Brussels, the three countries took on the one-year presidency, which will last from July 2019 to July 2020. Marco Bellezza, Legal Advisor to Minister Di Maio for communications and digital innovation and Coordinator of the Italian delegation of the EU Blockchain Partnership, said: “The Italian Presidency of the EU Blockchain partnership is a first acknowledgment of the…

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Ethereum 

European Central Bank Exec Calls for Fast Regulatory Action Regarding Libra

European Central Bank executive board member Benoit Coeure said that financial regulators must act fast to prepare for Facebook’s Libra stablecoin, Bloomberg reports on July 7. Per Bloomberg, Coeure argued on Sunday in Aix-en-Provence in southern France that allowing for the development of new financial services and asset classes in a regulatory void is irresponsible. He concluded: “We [financial regulators] have to move more quickly than we’ve been able to do up until now.” According to Coeure, the development of digital assets has exposed gaps in current financial regulations, and…

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Blockchain 

44% of European Healthcare Organizations Have Never Heard of Blockchain: IDC Survey

Only a limited number of healthcare firms in Europe are aware of the benefits of blockchain applications, according to a survey by American market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) released on June 6. As much as 44% of European healthcare organizations had never heard of distributed ledger technology (DLT), while only 12% of those are related to the tech in some sense, blockchain media outlet Ledger Insights reports, citing the IDC’ research titled “IDC Survey Spotlight.” Only 1% out of those 12% have a certain blockchain initiative in production,…

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Bitcoin 

European Bank Official Discusses Potential Benefits of Central Bank Digital Currency

A European Central Bank (ECB) official highlighted the benefits of central bank digital currencies (CBDC) while stressing caution in a speech published by the Bank of International Settlements on May 27. Vitas Vasiliauskas — Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania and a member of the Governing Council of the ECB — delivered his speech at the Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee conference “Managing the Soft Landing of the Global Economy.” Vasiliauskas specifically considered whether CBDCs should be wholesale, retail, or both. Vasiliauskas stressed that CBDCs should serve as…

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Blockchain 

Fintech Firm Billion Seals $2.1 Mln European Commission Grant for Blockchain System

Polish-British fintech firm Billon has reportedly sealed an almost €2 million (~$2.1 million) grant from European Commission’s Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME) Instrument program to develop a blockchain document management system. The news was reported by Billion in a press release on May 14. The Commission’s SME Instrument program provides funding for innovation projects which are close-to-market, and has reportedly awarded Billon a grant under Phase 2 of the program — which provides enterprises with up to 70% of the costs of their proposed project. Billon’s system, dubbed B4TDM (Blockchain…

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Blockchain 

German State Announces Plan to Establish European Blockchain Institute

The government of the German state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) announced plans to establish the European Blockchain Institute to research blockchain technology in a press release on May 13. According to NRW Economics Minister Andreas Pinkwart, the European Blockchain Institute will be founded in the city of Dortmund later this year, inside the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML). The press release says that critics of blockchain have voiced concern over the amount of energy consumed by mining bitcoin (BTC). Pinkwart addressed these concerns and praised the benefits of…

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Ethereum 

Crypto Markets See Mild Green, European Stocks Report Record-Breaking Calm

Wednesday, May 1 — after yesterday’s positive market momentum, most of the top twenty cryptocurrencies are seeing mild green on the day at press time, seeing typical growth of between 1 and 7%, as Coin360 data shows. Market visualization courtesy of Coin360 Bitcoin (BTC) is up 0.89% on the day and is trading at $5,399 by press time, according to CoinMarketCap. After bullish price points at the start of its 7-day chart — with a break above the $5,500 on April 26 — the top cryptocurrency swiftly saw a sharp…

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Ethereum 

Crypto Markets See Red, European Stocks Teeter in Wake of Brexit Deadline Extension

Thursday, April 11 — after a bullish week, all of the top twenty cryptocurrencies are reporting slight to moderate losses on the day by press time, as Bitcoin (BTC) corrects down close to the $5,100 mark. Market visualization courtesy of Coin360 Bitcoin is down close to 2.8% on the day, and is trading at around $5,106 by press time, according to CoinMarketCap. The top coin has seen a week of near-consistent growth, hitting an multi-month price high of over $5,420 yesterday, April 10. Today’s correction has brought Bitcoin’s weekly gains…

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