Hungary’s Central Bank Head Calls on EU to Ban Crypto Mining and Trading

The governor of the Hungarian National Bank said he agreed with the Russian central bank’s earlier proposal to ban crypto activities.

AccessTimeIconFeb 11, 2022 at 2:36 p.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 3:47 p.m. UTC

The chief of Hungary’s national bank said he supports banning crypto trading and mining in the European Union (EU) on the grounds that it could “service illegal activities and tend to build up financial pyramids.”

  • Following China’s move making all crypto activities illegal in September and Russia’s central bank recently proposing to do the same, György Matolcsy wrote in a statement that “I perfectly agree with the proposal and also support the senior EU financial regulator’s point that the EU should ban the mining method used to produce most new bitcoin.”
  • The Russian national bank recently switched its position to supporting the regulation of crypto rather than outright banning it.
  • “It is clear-cut that cryptocurrencies could service illegal activities and tend to build up financial pyramids,” Matolcsy wrote. “The EU should act together in order to preempt the building up of new financial pyramids and financial bubbles.”
  • Matolcsy proposed instead that EU citizens and companies would be allowed to own cryptocurrencies outside the EU and regulators would track their holdings.
  • Swedish regulators have been calling for a ban on crypto mining in the EU over concerns about the use of renewable energy.

UPDATE (Feb. 11, 17:14 UTC): Added info in last bullet point.


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