Thailand will require cryptoexchages to verify the identities of new customers in-person

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Germany permits institutional investment funds to gain exposure to cryptocurrencies

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Uzbekistan to ease cryptotrading and regulate the industry

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German BaFin may hold Binance in violation of securities laws in connection with tokenized stocks

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US SEC delays decision for VanEck bitcoin ETF

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Turkish CB may create a new custodial bank for cryptofunds of local cryptoexchanges

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Luxembourg aims to become a digital frontrunner

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Ireland transposes into law the EU 5AMLD

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Indonesia considers levying a tax on all cryptocurrency transactions occurring on regulated exchanges

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Iranians may use cryptos mined by licensed cryptominers to pay for imports

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South Korea authorities launched dedicated investigation team to fight rising crypto frauds

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Cuba considers the crypto sphere as an alternative to face the current economic crisis

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Taiwan introduces harsher compliance guidelines for cryptofinance

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Norway tax authority reminds taxpayers to declare their gains; a 22% tax rate applies

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US House of Representatives passed a bill that will establish clarity of roles between regulators

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The US administration has begun working on a cryptocurrencies market regulatory framework

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The UK BoE / HM Treasury launched a CBDC task force

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China’s PBOC characterizes cryptoassets as investment alternatives

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Nigeria to work on comprehensive cryptocurrencies regulation

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Turkey bans cryptocurrencies as instruments of payment

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Romania’s CB do not think cryptocurrencies threats the financial stability of the country

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Russia’s payments development strategy foresees the integration of digital ruble

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Canada’s securities regulator approved world’s first Ethereum ETF

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ECB consultation on digital euro shows privacy, security and cross-border are key concerns

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Spain’s tax agency summons crypto holders to declare their holdings

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Sri Lanka CB warns about the risks associated with cryptocurrency investments

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The ECB issued a report addressing the risk of fragmentation in the use of DLT in post-trade processes

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China extends CBDC testing to a group of Shenzhen population

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Jamaica CB kicks off CBDC project

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South Korea starts effort to crack down on illicit crypto use. International cooperation is sought

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Swiss governmental supported Green Fintech Network proposes 16 actions that honor DLT & Digital

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Sweden CB sums up first pilot CBDC experience, noting scalability and privacy challenges

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Japan to adopt the FATF travel rule across the crypto industry and throughout the nation

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Russia to issue CBSC prototype in Autumn; CB intentioned to limit the use of stablecoins

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Thailand’s CB to test retail CBDC in 2Q22; afraid that stablecoins may weaken monetary sovereignty

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Thailand’s SEC to include knowledge criteria in the cryptocurrencies trading guideline

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Abkhazia set to criminalise mining

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Canadian securities regulators set to tailor existing regulation to crypto, following ETF approvals

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The Eastern Caribbean CB launched its CBDC

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The BIS sees advantages of CBDCs, both at retail and wholesale payments levels

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ECB reiterates 2025 as the year of launch of the digital Euro

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Top US and EU regulators (Joint FRF) have discussed CBDCs and Stablecoins

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UK finance minister explains its focus on stablecoins: Mitigate the risk of private monopolies

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UK issues guidance on cryptocurrencies taxation, including staking activities

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Indonesia to establish a state-backed crypto exchange

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Japan’s CB creates a committee to liaise with the private sector to support its CBDC testing plans

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South Korea CB believes CBDCs will reduce demand for bitcoin due to their stability

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Japan’s CB accelerates its CBDC testing program

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Hong Kong regulator shall explore a general purpose CBDC (wholesale and reatail)

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China CB thinks CBDCs should be granted interoperability for information sharing and monitoring

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BIS believes that cryptocurrencies should face more regulation

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UK FCA warns young investors about the risk of investing in crypto

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US FED sees bitcoin as a substitute for gold

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US SEC commissioner hopes agency moves focus from illicit crypto use to its prospective value

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Thailand CB consults on stablecoins guidance that highlights bath-backed stablecoins

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US FED sees CBDC being leveraged alongside traditional payment methods in a flexible way

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Dubai allows crypto businesses to set up in free after screening with the SCA

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FATF consults on updates to the guidance on the risk-based approach to VA and VASP

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Swiss FINMA stop Bitcoin Suisse licensing process on AML weaknesses

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Australia allocated over USD 5m to study how blockchain can be used to reduce compliance costs

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ESMA’s risk report notes the threat posed by highly priced cryptos, while CBDC sentiment is positive

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Belarus determined to supervise local crypto firms in line with pan-European rules

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Japan will begin experimenting CBDC later this year

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Turkey to introduce soon crypto regulation

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China mentions blockchain for the first time in its national 5-year policy plan

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The US CFTC is investigating Binance to determine if it illegally facilitated trading for US residents

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Spain to create a new Financial Customer Ombudsman for crypto-related matters

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Russia plans starting piloting its CBDC in 2022

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Canada’s Toronto Stock Exchange lists now three bitcoin exchange-traded funds

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South Korea introduced new AML penalty standards for crypto exchanges failing to comply

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FATF encourages a risk-based supervision, including in the area of virtual assets

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Turkey is mulling a substantial policy response for digital currencies

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Vietnam’s Finance Minister sets up group to develop crypto regulation policies

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IOSCO to continue to contribute to the discussion on stablecoins in 2021

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US SEC announce focus areas for its digital assets regulatory activity

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South Korea mandates delisting of all privacy coins and implement suspicious transaction reporting

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Thailand SEC consults on cryptocurrency investor qualification rules

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FATF to consult on updated VA / VASP guidance (application to stablecoins, DeFi)

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New York bans Tether and Bitfinex from doing business with New Yorkers and imposes fine

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US SEC asks federal regulators to provide legal clarity to experiment DeFi

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The ECB demands veto power over private global stablecoins projects

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China and the UAE join HK and Thailand in the BIS-led multiple CBDC Bridge project

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US FED open to consider a digital dollar

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Israel’s Securities Authority approved a DLT-based digital securities exchange

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South Korea’s FSC proposes to strengthen its supervisory framework for virtual assets and VASPs

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Austrian authorities call for a pan-European Union crypto regulation to combat money laundering

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US Treasury stresses the importance to ensure cryptocurrencies are not used for illicit purposes

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US SEC concerned that new btc adopters may lack the required understanding

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Sweden extends digital krona project until 2022

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Spain’s government says cryptoindustry lacks a standardized regulatory framework

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The CB of Malaysia recorded 40 applications for a digital banking license. Granting expected in 2022

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UK FCA opened 52 investigations into cryptocurrency businesses during 2020

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Thailand’s SEC consults on rules for retail investors opening new crypto trading accounts

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US SEC says Ripple lawsuit unlikely to be settled any time soon

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US city Miami to allow tax payments in bitcoin and considers paying employees through bitcoin

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Canada (OSC) approves first bitcoin ETF in North America, issued by Accelerate Financial Technologies

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Kyrgyzstan plans to regulate crypto exchanges and crypto mining activities

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Australia ready to approve bitcoin ETF as long as appropriate rules are in place on the trading venue

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US State of Iowa provides legal certainty to smart contracts

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The ECB may put an upper limit on holdings of its digital euro (to be launched not before 2025)

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