Europe is preparing for a blockchain summit

European Blockchain Summit 2018 is kicking off on April 11 with Ethereum co-founder as a special guest to discuss the state of the technology in Europe
05 April 2018   1120

Blockchain Alliance Europe in cooperation with the government of Slovenia and ConsenSys are organizing the first European Blockchain Summit 2018 on April 11 at Brdo Congress Centre venue in Slovenia. The agenda includes inspiring keynotes and panel discussions, international speakers and attendees. Joseph Lubin, co-founder of Ethereum and founder of ConsenSys is holding a speech. The topics to be discussed include the European blockchain initiatives, the blockchain and ICO regulation and the funding opportunities for European blockchain companies.

The event is for high government officials and leaders of the industry and thus is invitation only. Among notable supporters there are European Commission and The Malta Council For Science And Technology and LedgerState. The program is as follows:

  • 09:00 – 10:00 | Registration & Reception
  • 10:00 – 10:20 | Welcoming Speeches
  • 10:20 – 11:00 | Keynotes
  • 11:00 – 11:30 | Blockchain Europe Initiatives
  • 12:00 – 12:50 | Panel Discussion: Blockchain & ICO Regulation
  • 12:50 – 13:45 | Panel Discussion: Blockchain Applicability
  • 14:45 – 15:40 | Panel Discussion: EU Funding Opportunities for Blockchain
  • 15:45 – 16:00 | EU Blockchain Summit 2018 Conclusions
  • 16:00 – 18:00 | Networking Event

SEC to Need More Info on BTC ETF

SEC is gathering more input from the public – to date, according to the agency, more than 1,400 comments have been submitted
21 September 2018   134

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the beginning of a formal process for considering the application for the creation of bitcoin-ETF from the New York companies VanEck and SolidX. Nevertheless, the agency appealed to the community for more information. This is stated in the document published on the SEC website.

Institution of such proceedings is appropriate at this time in view of the legal and policy issues raised by the proposed rule change. Institution of proceedings does not indicate that the Commission has reached any conclusions with respect to any of the issues involved. Rather, as described below, the Commission seeks and encourages interested persons to provide comments on the proposed rule change.
 

The US Securities and Exchange Commission

At the moment, the SEC received about 1,400 comments.

According to the document, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) has signed an agreement on the exchange of data on bitcoin transactions, trading and the state of the market with the cryptocurrency trading platform with Gemini.

The agency asked commentators to clarify the position of Gemini in the digital currency market and assess the likelihood of increased volatility at this site in connection with possible trades of bitcoin-ETF.

So, before September 30, the department had to decide on whether to approve, deny or initiate the proceedings. The SEC chose the latter, which is likely to delay the process until the next year.