The European Central Bank proposes launch own digital currency

Posted 06 November, 2019

An EU draft document has urged the European Central Bank (ECB) to consider issuing a public digital currency in response to the Facebook-led Libra project. The document, prepared by the Finnish EU Presidency indicated that the European Union could come up with a universal regulatory framework that will target digital currencies and crypto projects considered “high-risk.”

“The ECB and other EU central banks could usefully explore the opportunities as well as challenges of issuing central bank digital currencies including by considering concrete steps to this effect.”

Based on the proposed plan to create the universal cryptocurrency for the EU, it’s apparent that the ECB is campaigning for its own digital currency, which it would still control. According to an ECB official, the project would allow consumers to use electronic cash, which they could deposit directly at the central bank. Consequently, there would be no intermediaries.

With no banking accounts and third-party involvement, the ECB would have the opportunity to manage the bank’s operations by conducting digital payments at low costs. If the EU issues its digital coin, this would be a U-turn from the European Central Bank’s position in 2018, when its President Mario Draghi was quoted as saying the ECB “has no plans to issue a central bank digital currency.”

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