European regulator: CASPs should work on protocol interoperability, self-hosted wallets


The European Union’s banking regulator, the European Banking Authority (EBA), wants to update existing anti-money laundering rules and focus on combatting the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) for crypto providers. 

In a consultation paper published on Nov. 24, the EBA explains that current European regulations are no longer sufficient to govern AML/CFT standards compliance among crypto providers. The proposed new industry guidelines are intended to address these issues, and the EBA has given interested parties until Feb. 26, 2024 to comment.

In particular, the EBA suggests merging the AML/CFT criteria for payment service providers (PSPs) and crypto-asset service providers (CASPs). It also proposes to oblige CASPs to “enable the transmission of information in a seamless and interoperable manner” by enhancing the interoperability of their protocols.

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Under the proposed new rules, CASPs will also be required to obtain and hold information on self-hosted addresses, ensure that the transfer of crypto-assets can be individually identified and verify whether that address is owned or controlled by the CASP customer. These requirements would be enforced when the transfer amount of the self-hosted account is above the 1000 euro mark, although the EBA doesn’t specify whether this is a monthly, daily or a single-time mark.

After the consultation process, the new guidelines should come into force on Dec. 30, 2024.

Last month, the EBA released a consultation paper assessing the suitability of management body members and shareholders or members holding qualifying stakes in issuers of asset-referenced tokens (ARTs) and crypto asset service providers (CASPs).

In July, the Authority encouraged stablecoin issuers to voluntarily adhere to specific “guiding principles” related to risk management and consumer protection.

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