Press Release: The bank of Lithuania starts adding fintech companies’ innovations on the blockchain

LBChain is the world’s first blockchain-based sandbox developed by a financial market regulator, the Bank of Lithuania. The platform was developed through a pre-commercial procurement and is now opening up to international start-ups as well as financial and FinTech companies to test their solutions on the LBChain. The project combines the creation of innovative blockchain-based solutions with supporting their application in the financial sector as well as improving the quality regulatory requirements and attracting foreign direct investment.

Press Release: €24 million cryptocurrency theft unraveled with Eurojust’s support

The UK and Dutch national authorities, in a joint operation with Eurojust and Europol, arrested 6 people as part of an ongoing investigation into a €24 million cryptocurrency theft. The thieves are suspected of targeting users’ bitcoin tokens, affecting at least 4 000 victims in 12 countries; these numbers are expected to grow further. With the active support of Eurojust and Europol, the authorities seized a larger number of electronic devices, equipment and valuable assets.

Press Release: Big tech in finance: opportunities and risks

The entry of large technology firms (“big techs”) such as Alibaba, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Tencent into financial services, including payments, savings and credit, could make the sector more efficient and increase access to these services, but also introduces new risks, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) writes in its Annual Economic Report.

Publication: European Banking Authority’s opinion on strong customer authentication

The European Banking Authority adopted an opinion on the elements of strong customer authentication under the second payment services directive (PSD2). PSD2 granted the European Banking Authority a number of mandates to develop draft regulatory technical standards (RTS), including the RTS on strong customer authentication and common and secure communication, which the Commission adopted on 27 November 2017 (Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2018/389).

Official Journal (C Series): Withdrawal of Commission proposals

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Event: Policy Options for New Tech-Enabled Payment Processes (Brussels, 25 June 2019)

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Event: The Future of Payments: What Next for Competition and Innovation in Payments? (Brussels, 25 September 2019)

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UPDATED – Settlement Finality Directive: Authorities designated to be notified of insolvency proceedings and SFD Designated Payment and Securities Settlement Systems

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Written Answer to Question: ‘Emergency stop’ under PSD2

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Agenda: Meeting of the CETA Financial Services Committee (12 June 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: High Level Working Party (Taxation) (4 June 2019)

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Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 904/2010 as regards measures to strengthen administrative cooperation in order to combat VAT fraud

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UPDATED – Antitrust/Cartel Cases: AT. 40049 Mastercard II – AT. 39398 Visa MIF

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Paper: Crypto-Assets: Implications for financial stability, monetary policy, and payments and market infrastructures

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Agenda: European Economic and Social Committee Plenary Session (15 – 16 May 2019)

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Event: Distributed Ledger Technologies, Cryptoassets and Security Tokens: Regulatory Trends (Trier, 27 – 28 May 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: High Level Working Party (Taxation) (7 May 2019)

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Study: Contribution to Growth – Legal Aspects of Protecting European Consumers

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Answers to the questions to the European Central Bank: Letters from Andrea Enria, Chair of the Supervisory Board

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