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Brazil Officials And The Local Crypto Community Still Debate Possible Cryptocurrency Regulations

In a new meeting demanded by the Chamber of Deputies, a group of Brazilian parliamentarians debated on Thursday, August 9th, on what guidelines should be taken into account to formulate possible blockchain and cryptocurrency regulators. The discussion was held publicly in conjunction with the Getulio Vargas Foundation’s Applied Information Technology Center, in Sao Paulo.

Some of the participants bet on maintaining the freedom offered by the blockchain technology

While the issue of cryptocurrency was not addressed in depth, the lack of professionals with knowledge of protocols such as in the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain was debated. Some participants argued that a blockchain alone is not a magic solution.

It is important to mention that the Brazilian crypto community is one of the largest in South America, with lots of active members on social networks and meetings with local entrepreneurs, and now also with parliamentarians.

The meeting also served to review the Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) sector

The discussion in this direction was conducted by Felippe Barretto, an analyst with the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission. The executive stressed that the ICOs do not have any regulation and that their objective is to seek financing from “the retail trade.”

Some Brazilian officials demand for cryptocurrency regulations

That is not the first time when this type of meeting between officials and various members of the crypto community has taken place in Brazil.

Last June, the Commission on Science, Technology, Communication and Information Technology of the Chamber of Deputies discussed different issues regarding a potential framework for future cryptocurrency regulations.

On that occasion, parliamentarians Thiago Peixoto, Odorico Monteiro, and Vitor Lippi stressed the need to create a regulatory framework. However, the representative of the Central Bank of Brazil, Mardilson Fernandes Queiroz, suggested that blockchain technology doesn’t need any regulation, but that cryptocurrencies do.

On the other hand, Joao Amoedo, a future presidential candidate of Brazil, said that cryptocurrencies can be a viable payment method, and are no threat to fiat money and central financial and banking systems.

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New Cryptocurrency Regulation Has Been Adopted By EU And Targets More The Cryptocurrency Prepaid Cards

The General Affairs Council of the European Union (EU) announced the adoption of the new cryptocurrency regulation amended by the European Parliament to eliminate cryptocurrencies anonymity in the services of cryptocurrency exchange platforms, crypto wallets, and cryptocurrency prepaid cards.

In the quest to “address the risks associated with prepaid cards and cryptocurrencies”, since May 14th, the European Union has, without debate, undertaken to use the provisions set out in the new Law for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism. This resolution provides for an extension of access to “beneficial ownership” information by regulators, in order to eliminate as far as possible anonymity in transactions linked to companies in the Bitcoin (BTC) ecosystem.

On the other hand, cryptocurrency prepaid cards must be linked to verified identifications and restricted to a maximum of 250 Euros. An obligation to which they add the possibility for users themselves to be allowed to “self-declare” their identity on a voluntary basis.

The new cryptocurrency regulation adopted by EU aims more at cryptocurrency prepaid cards

In addition, the 2015 amendment to the legislation provides for an improvement in “transparency between companies and trusts”, which seeks first to facilitate the monitoring of the financial authorities of each country, as well as to require cooperation between research units so that they can operate more efficiently.

The just mentioned points are not only directed towards the illicit use of cryptocurrency, but also towards finances in general that are used to finance illegal activities.

European Union states will need to adapt their financial regulatory policies to this new legal framework regarding cryptocurrency regulation over the next 18 months for legal persons and other entities, and over the next 20 months for trusts.

It is important to note that the legislation, according to French MP Judith Sargentini, is mainly focused on the control of cryptocurrency prepaid cards, as they were used to rent and buy vehicles that served to prepare the terrorist attacks that happened in France in 2016.

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