EU to Develop Fintech Measures Draft Law

The EU's executive will propose a draft law on crowdfunding and common blockchain technology standards to help a European financial technology sector flourish
06 March 2018   273

The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, intends to develop uniform standards for companies working in the field of blockchain. This is reported by Reuters. It is expected that the Commission can announce its plans as early as this week.

According to the information, European legislators intend to develop uniform rules of crowdfinding for all EU countries, which will solve the problem of selective and heterogeneous regulation applied in some countries of the block.

An EU framework would offer a European passport, and, at the same time, ensure the proper management of platforms and the protection of fund providers. An EU-wide fintech market will not reach its full potential without the development of open standards that make interoperability possible, simplify the exchange of data between market players and facilitate competition.

Document, seen by Reuters

Among other things, the proposal envisages the introduction of licensing for crowdfunding platforms at the pan-European level.

The Commission also intends to conduct an analysis of the rules in force in the EU to determine whether any of them are suitable for the regulation of the Crypto-Currency and ICO. It is expected that various regulators and representatives of the industry will be involved in the process of forming a single regulatory framework.

Among other things, they will discuss the issue of the stability of fintech companies by hacker attacks, as well as analyze the costs and benefits of "testing cyberthreats" for leading players in the market that form the financial infrastructure of the EU.

Until the fourth quarter of this year, the Commission expects to submit a plan of regulatory "sandboxes", which will allow fintech companies to test their products on real customers. To date, these sites operate only in 13 of the 28 EU member states.

7 Accounts blocked by EOS BP without Going an Arbitration

EOS is facing another issue just days after its mainnet activation, as the newly elected block producers have frozen 7 EOS accounts on suspicion of being stolen
19 June 2018   50

The backlash began as the block producers did go over arbitration, an integral part of the EOS’s governance system. The critics are certainly questioning the credibility of the project. Jackson Palmer, the creator of Dogecoin and a well-known person in the blockchain industry, questioned the very governance process constructed by EOS and the role of EOS Core Arbitration Forum (ECAF).

The structure of EOS’s governance has been parted into 3 distinct groups - block producers, arbiters, and token holders. This separation resembles the executive, constituency, and judicial, of any governed system respectively. 

On 17 June 2018, the top 21 Block Producers unanimously agreed to protect property that may have been compromised through phishing attacks or other scams where member’s private keys were compromised. The EOS911 initiative was created by EOS42 as a way to prevent victims of private key theft from having their tokens lost once the 72-hour unstacking period ended following the EOS Mainnet Launch. Once that period ended, the thieves would be free to transfer the tokens wherever they’d like, rendering futile any recourse available to the community at this time.
EOS New York, in their recent post

So, in this case, the block producers did not go with the arbitration, rather they only conferred with them. Then the post added:

Foreseeing the process that would be required to act, EOS New York, on a call with BPs and BPCs, requested an expedited review of the merits of the case from ECAF (EOS Core Arbitration Forum) who was also on the call. The idea was that if ECAF found merit in the evidence provided, a formal ruling from ECAF would ask the BPs to “freeze” the accounts in question until such time that a thorough and formal review of the claims could be completed.
EOS New York, in their recent post

This is not the first problem EOS is facing amid its mainnet activation, as within 48 hours of that, the network suspended because of some bug. Though the error only led to a 5-hour network blackout, that is surely not something the team would have expected.