EU Lawmakers Back 'Prohibitive' Capital Rules for Cryptoassets

European Union lawmakers backed a draft law on Tuesday to implement the final leg of post-financial global bank capital rules, adding "prohibitive" requirements to cover risks from cryptoassets, Reuters reported. The European Parliament's economic affairs committee approved a draft law to implement Basel III capital rules from January 2025, though backing several temporary divergences to give banks more time to adapt. The United States, Britain and other countries are taking similar steps, but the committee used the draft law to introduce new elements, including requiring banks to hold enough capital to cover holdings of cryptoassets in full. "Banks will be required to hold a euro of their own capital for every euro they hold in crypto," said Markus Ferber, a centre-right German member of the committee. The move, an interim measure pending further EU legislation, is in line with recommendations from global banking regulators. "Such prohibitive capital requirements will help prevent instability in the crypto world from spilling over into the financial system," Ferber said. The Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), an industry body, said the draft law contains no definition of crypto assets and could end up being applied to tokenised securities as well. EU states have already approved their version of the draft law, and lawmakers will now negotiate a final text with member states, with further tweaks expected. Read more.