ECB executive board member outlines plans for digital euro to European Parliament

The digital euro, should it come into existence, will preserve the role of the central bank by extending payment options beyond those offered by cash, European Central Bank (ECB) executive board member Fabio Panetta told a European Parliament committee Jan. 23.

Panetta expressed satisfaction with the progress of research on a potential digital euro. He told the European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee:

“The ECB is at the global forefront of the efforts by central banks to design state-of-the-art digital payment solutions for both retail and wholesale transactions.”

Access to the digital euro would initially be open to consumers, businesses and governments within the euro zone, then be extended to individuals and businesses in the European Economic Area and finally to “selected third-party countries,” on the basis of agreements, Panetta said.

Related: Digital euro settlement, distribution options detailed in latest progress report

Accessibility and usability would best be delivered through a scheme that provided uniform rules, standards and procedures to allow the development of additional products and services based on it, Panetta said. Transactions with the digital euro should be free, with extra services from intermediaries available for voluntary use.

“The digital euro would never be programmable money,” Panetta said. “The ECB would not set any limitations on where, when or to whom people can pay with a digital euro.” The ECB will not seek access to personal data either, he told the committee:

“When it comes to the central bank, we propose that we do not have access to personal data. And it will be for you, as co-legislators, to decide on the balance between privacy and other important public policy objectives like anti-money laundering, countering terrorism financing, preventing tax evasion or guaranteeing sanctions compliance.”

The ECB is considering creating a Eurosystem app to assure that users can access services throughput the euro zone. Panetta added:

“When it comes to the hardware, people could pay either with mobile phones, physical cards or possibly other devices like smartwatches.”

Research will transition from the investigative to the realization stage in the third quarter of this year, Panetta affirmed. He concluded by reminding the legislators of their role in the digital euro project. “It has a clear political dimension in view of its broad societal implications,” echoing sentiments recently voiced by the Eurogroup of financial ministers.

All Dutch and English crypto news!

Former Coinbase manager slams SEC in motion to dismiss insider trading case

A former product manager at cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has moved to dismiss charges of alleged insider trading, with his lawyers arguing the tokens he allegedly...

North Korea stole more crypto in 2022 than any other year: UN report

A confidential United Nations report has revealed North Korean hackers stole more crypto assets in 2022 than in any other year so far. The UN report,...

UK’s digital pound would modernize payments but won’t replace cash: Minister

The Bank of England (BoE) and U.K. Treasury are gearing up plans to create a digital currency that could "provide a new way to pay"...

Yuga Labs settles lawsuit with developer involved in copycat BAYCs

The creator of the nonfungible token (NFT) collection Bored Ape Yacht Club has settled a lawsuit with one of the developers behind a copycat collection...

Beste exchanges

Koop je crypto bij Bitvavo