The world of cryptocurrencies has come a long way since the first Bitcoin was first created by Satoshi Nakamoto. From being considered as a fringe asset class, cryptocurrencies were now being integrated into national government frameworks.
Latest reports from the European Central Bank revealed that the body was in the process of trademarking the term “digital euro”. This comes at a time when several governments across the world were also dabbling in creating their own centrally backed digital currencies.
Information from the bank revealed that the trademark application was filed on September 22 with the intent of pushing the digital movement. The bank added that the trademark would facilitate the seamless and safe integration of the digital economy with the current fiat institution. This decision comes on the back of the ECB’s mantra that they need to be plugged into the latest fintech developments.
Christian Lagarde, the President of the ECB has repeatedly been in the news for addressing cryptocurrencies and the way the financial sphere may transform in the years to come. During a recent speech, she said:
“The Eurosystem has so far not made a decision on whether to introduce a digital euro. But, like many other central banks around the world, we are exploring the benefits, risks and operational challenges of doing so. We have a duty to play an active role in balancing the risks and benefits of innovation in payments, so that money continues to serve Europeans well.”
The discussion on digital currency adoption has been ongoing for years now and it is only now that it has received major traction After the report was made public, the cryptocurrency community was filled with a lot of positive reactions. Many believed that the acceptance shown by a traditional institution was just the key required to bring crypto into the mainstream fore. It still remains to be seen how the digital euro will be implemented which will have far-reaching implications on all of the financial space.