Binance executive issues a warning of impending stablecoin delistings over EU’s MiCA
EU’s MiCA regulation, slated for next year, serves as the catalyst behind the potential delistings.
EU’s MiCA Regulation Sparks Concerns of Widespread Stablecoin Delistings, Binance CEO CZ Addresses Rumors
In just a few months, the European Union is set to implement new rules that could lead to the mass removal of stablecoins from cryptocurrency exchanges. Binance’s CEO, Changpeng Zhao, recently clarified speculations regarding the platform’s intention to eventually delist stablecoins for European users.
This potential action is a response to the EU’s forthcoming Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) regulation, scheduled to take effect on December 30, 2024. Binance, like many others, is navigating the complex implications of MiCA as lawyers and experts work to decode its requirements.
Binance’s co-founder has addressed the misconceptions surrounding the platform’s European entity and its alleged plan to delist all stablecoins in Europe by June 30, 2024. He clarified that a statement made by Marina Parthuisot, Binance’s French legal director, had been misunderstood.
Parthuisot had reportedly mentioned that the European Union had not yet granted approval for the operation of any stablecoin. However, the co-founder explained that this comment was taken out of context, emphasizing that Binance is actively preparing to introduce additional stablecoins.
Binance had earlier faced another setback in its European operations when its banking partner, Paysafe, terminated their partnership. CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao praised the clarity of MiCA’s rules, but the exchange had to exit European countries, such as the Netherlands, Cyprus, and Germany , due to regulatory issues.
The exact application of MiCA to decentralized stablecoins and foreign stablecoin issuers remains uncertain at this point. Nonetheless, officials from the European Banking Authority (EBA) have emphasized that the regulation will immediately impact coins already in circulation.
MiCA, which gained approval last June, is poised to make the European Union a global pioneer in comprehensive crypto regulation.
Binance has highlighted a critical discussion regarding whether stablecoin operators can secure a grace period when applying for Electric Money Institution (EMI) licenses to comply with MiCA regulations. MiCA mandates that stablecoin issuers must obtain an EMI license within the EU, failing which their assets may face delisting from EU exchanges.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Binance noted, Currently, no such grace period exists. While we maintain confidence in the establishment of a constructive solution before the mid-2024 deadline, the current situation, if unaddressed, could potentially impact the European crypto market and the competitiveness of European crypto exchanges on a global scale.