The governor of the Bank of France, Francois Villeroy de Galhau, has called for stricter licensing rules for cryptocurrency businesses in France, noting the present unrest in the cryptocurrency markets.
The central bank governor said France shouldn’t wait for impending EU cryptocurrency rules to establish mandatory licensing for regional Digital Asset Service Providers during a speech in Paris on January 5. (DASPs).
In addition to other rules, the Markets in Crypto Assets bill (MiCA) from the European Parliament is anticipated to go into effect at some point in 2024.
In his speech, Villeroy reportedly addressed the nation’s financial sector, making the following remarks,
“All the disorder in 2022 feeds a simple belief: it is desirable for France to move to an obligatory licensing of DASP as soon as possible, rather than just registration.”
The Financial Markets Authority (AMF), the nation’s market regulator, currently requires “registration” from crypto firms offering crypto trading and custody.
A DASP license is voluntary, and those who hold one are obligated to adhere to a number of rules regarding how businesses should be organized, run, and funded.
However, none of the 60 crypto companies registered with the AMF are currently holding a DASP license.
Cryptocurrency Firm Regulation, End Product Of Amendment
Villeroy’s request comes after Hervé Maurey, a member of the Senate Finance Commission, presented an amendment in December 2022 to get rid of a provision allowing businesses to operate without a license.
Even if or when MiCA becomes legislation and institutes a licensing regime, businesses in France are now permitted to operate without a license until 2026.
The measure will be the subject of parliamentary discussion beginning in January.
Since September 2020, MiCA has been slowly making its way through the EU parliament.
Through trilateral talks between the EU Council, European Commission, and European Parliament, it was approved on October 10, 2022, by the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) of the European Parliament.
The last Plenary vote on MiCA was moved from December 2022 to February 2023. The delay, according to European Parliament member Stefan Berger, was caused by “the enormous amount of work for the lawyer linguists, given the length of the legal text,” he told local media in November 2022.