European Commission, ECB Unite to Consider Potential Pitfalls of the Digital Euro

The digital euro project may get underway in mid-2021 after a period of review.

AccessTimeIconJan 20, 2021 at 1:01 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 10:58 a.m. UTC

The European Commission and the European Central Bank (ECB) are teaming up to consider potential issues that could arise from the digital euro before a decision is made to kick off the digital currency's development this summer.

The two European Union institutions now plan to cooperate on "exploring the possibility of issuing a digital euro, as a complement to cash and payment solutions supplied by the private sector," according to a joint statement from the ECB and the European Commission on Tuesday.

The ECB is to decide whether to set the project in motion sometime in mid-2021, they said.

“Such a project would answer key design and technical questions and provide the ECB with the necessary tools to stand ready to issue a digital euro if such a decision is taken,” the joint statement reads.

As reported by EU policy-focused news service EURACTIV on Wednesday, the ECB closed the public consultation on its plans for the digital euro on Jan. 12, which found privacy was a primary concern among 41% of respondents.

Both institutions will consider the "policy, legal and technical questions emerging from a possible introduction of a digital euro," they said in the joint statement.

EURACTIV said it "understands" employees from the European Commission including Financial Services, Economy, and Digital Affairs, will now be drawn into a new working group with the ECB for the collaboration.

ECB President Christine Lagarde said earlier this month she expects the digital euro to launch in no more than five years.


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