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The EU’s Near Miss on a Proof-of-Work Ban

What today’s vote in the European Union Parliament means for Bitcoin.

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Published on: Mar 14, 2022

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.ioArculus and FTX US.

Today the European Union Parliament ECON committee voted on an amendment to the Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) directive that would have effectively amounted to a ban on proof-of-work chains. NLW breaks down the history and context of the amendment and recaps what happened during the vote.

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell, research by Scott Hill and additional production support by Eleanor Pahl. Adam B. Levine is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. The music you heard today behind our sponsor is “I Don't Know How To Explain It” by Aaron Sprinkle. Image credit: titoOnz/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at discord.gg/VrKRrfKCz8.