EU Banking Authority to Hire Crypto Experts as It Prepares for MiCA Law

The Paris-based agency will regulate large stablecoins and make rules under the landmark licensing legislation.

AccessTimeIconMar 22, 2023 at 11:48 a.m. UTC
Updated Mar 22, 2023 at 3:08 p.m. UTC

The European Banking Authority is hiring crypto-skilled staff as it seeks to prepare for its duties under the European Union’s forthcoming Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) regulation, according to a vacancy notice published on Wednesday.

The Paris-based agency will be responsible for regulating issuers of large stablecoins – crypto assets tied to fiat currencies such as the euro – and preparing draft rules to fill in details of MiCA that lawmakers left open.

The EBA said it is looking for someone with “sound knowledge of crypto-asset products and services,” who has several years of experience supervising financial institutions to perform the role, which is to “carry out preparatory steps for the establishment of the supervision function” under MiCA.

An EBA spokesman said the recruitment was part of "wider efforts to enhance our crypto-asset-focused staff," alongside reallocation and staff training. The spokesman pointed to a recent work programming document that envisages as many as 22 full-time staff working on MiCA.

EBA Chairman José Manuel Campa previously told the Financial Times that the agency was worried it wouldn't be able to enforce the MiCA rules if it couldn't find skilled staff.

UPDATE (March 22, 14:52 UTC): Adds comment from EBA spokesperson in fourth paragraph.


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