ESMA Warns MiCA Regulation Is “No Safe Haven”


The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
is gearing up for the implementation of the Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) regulation. This regulation marks an important step in ushering in a new era of
oversight for digital assets.

As the ESMA prepares for the implementation of the MiCA
regulation, the regulator has established a comprehensive plan to tackle
crypto-related risks and establish a regulatory framework for the digital asset
space. However, the watchdog has warned that the MiCA regulation is not a
foolproof safe haven for investors.

The MiCA, effective from June 2023, brings with it
several measures in three levels of implementation within a
timeframe of 12 to 18 months. The ESMA, working closely with the European Banking Authority, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority, and the
Europen Central Bank, is engaged in a public consultation process. The regulator has unveiled a
sequence of technical standards in three comprehensive packages.

These measures, encompassing authorization,
governance, conflict resolution, and complaint-handling procedures, form the
backbone of a regulatory architecture aimed at fortifying the crypto ecosystem.
The first package, set to launch in July 2023, dives into the nitty-gritty of
mandates such as notification content, application for authorization, and complaint-handling
procedures.

The subsequent packages, scheduled for October 2023 and
Q1 2024, gradually cover a spectrum of critical mandates, each
contributing to the holistic regulation of crypto-assets. As the ESMA’s
consultation process unfolds, market participants anticipate the clarity and
certainty the MiCA will bring.

MiCA Regulation Reshapes European Crypto Space

The crypto industry is bracing for a transformative period with sustainability indicators, business continuity, trade transparency, and investor protection in the spotlight. As the MiCA regulatory measures take
shape, investors, businesses, and regulators must navigate the evolving
landscape, ensuring a secure and compliant future for crypto-assets in the
European market.

Last year, crypto fraud experienced a remarkable decline of 51%, signaling a significant shift attributed to the MiCA regulation. According to a report by AU10TIX, these
regulations have not only curbed illicit activities within the
crypto space but have also redirected the attention of
cybercriminals towards the payments sector.

As MiCA continues to fortify the crypto market
against fraudulent activities, its repercussions have been felt in the payments
sector, with an increase of 56% in fraud cases reported last year. Despite the positive
impact of the MiCA regulation on crypto fraud, the ESMA has warned that the regulations
will not protect crypto retail traders until December 2024.

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
is gearing up for the implementation of the Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) regulation. This regulation marks an important step in ushering in a new era of
oversight for digital assets.

As the ESMA prepares for the implementation of the MiCA
regulation, the regulator has established a comprehensive plan to tackle
crypto-related risks and establish a regulatory framework for the digital asset
space. However, the watchdog has warned that the MiCA regulation is not a
foolproof safe haven for investors.

The MiCA, effective from June 2023, brings with it
several measures in three levels of implementation within a
timeframe of 12 to 18 months. The ESMA, working closely with the European Banking Authority, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority, and the
Europen Central Bank, is engaged in a public consultation process. The regulator has unveiled a
sequence of technical standards in three comprehensive packages.

These measures, encompassing authorization,
governance, conflict resolution, and complaint-handling procedures, form the
backbone of a regulatory architecture aimed at fortifying the crypto ecosystem.
The first package, set to launch in July 2023, dives into the nitty-gritty of
mandates such as notification content, application for authorization, and complaint-handling
procedures.

The subsequent packages, scheduled for October 2023 and
Q1 2024, gradually cover a spectrum of critical mandates, each
contributing to the holistic regulation of crypto-assets. As the ESMA’s
consultation process unfolds, market participants anticipate the clarity and
certainty the MiCA will bring.

MiCA Regulation Reshapes European Crypto Space

The crypto industry is bracing for a transformative period with sustainability indicators, business continuity, trade transparency, and investor protection in the spotlight. As the MiCA regulatory measures take
shape, investors, businesses, and regulators must navigate the evolving
landscape, ensuring a secure and compliant future for crypto-assets in the
European market.

Last year, crypto fraud experienced a remarkable decline of 51%, signaling a significant shift attributed to the MiCA regulation. According to a report by AU10TIX, these
regulations have not only curbed illicit activities within the
crypto space but have also redirected the attention of
cybercriminals towards the payments sector.

As MiCA continues to fortify the crypto market
against fraudulent activities, its repercussions have been felt in the payments
sector, with an increase of 56% in fraud cases reported last year. Despite the positive
impact of the MiCA regulation on crypto fraud, the ESMA has warned that the regulations
will not protect crypto retail traders until December 2024.



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