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ECB Wants to Be Able to Veto Stablecoins Like Diem in the EU

The ECB believes it should have the final say ahead of any proposed stablecoin launches.

Feb 23, 2021 at 12:34 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 12:15 p.m. UTC

The European Central Bank (ECB) is seeking the power to veto launches of stablecoins in the eurozone.

  • The European Union laid out plans to create a comprehensive framework on rules around digital assets in September.
  • The ECB now believes it should have the final say ahead of any proposed stablecoin launches, such as the Facebook-backed diem (formerly libra), Reuters reported Tuesday.
  • According to the ECB, such stablecoin issuers should meet "rigorous liquidity requirements" on cash reserves similar to money market funds.
  • The assessment of the risk that stablecoins pose to financial stability in the eurozone should "fall within the exclusive competence of the ECB," the central bank said in an opinion dated Feb. 19.
  • The ECB is currently investigating the possible development of a digital euro, aiming to completed the project in no more than five years.

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