Statement on so-called EU Chat Control law

Statement on so-called EU Chat Control law

18.06.2024

We are deeply concerned that the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2024 promotes the so-called Chat Control law (officially known as “Regulation… to prevent and combat child sexual abuse”), which targets EU citizens’ and residents’ private, encrypted communications in an unprecedented manner. This proposal is going to be discussed by the EU […]

Interview: Lyudmyla Kozlovska – Human Rights, Crypto, & Policy

Interview: Lyudmyla Kozlovska – Human Rights, Crypto, & Policy

31.05.2024

As a high-level introduction, Lyudmyla Kozlovska founded the Open Dialogue Foundation (“ODF”) in 2009 with the goal of protecting human rights, supporting democracy, and assisting those who are subject to political persecution in Eastern Europe. She also founded the Building True Change Coalition (“BTC Coalition”) to address financial exclusion, political oppression and deliver humanitarian aid, while promoting the role […]

Building True Change (BTC) Coalition Submission on the EU Proposal for a Regulation on the prevention of money laundering or terrorist financing

Building True Change (BTC) Coalition Submission on the EU Proposal for a Regulation on the prevention of money laundering or terrorist financing

18.04.2024

Statement-commentary During the April II plenary session, Parliament is due to vote on provisional agreements resulting from interinstitutional negotiations on the adoption of the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing […]

Ukraine: We Must Not Give Up. Appeal to the Heads of State and Government of the member countries of the Ramstein coalition

Ukraine: We Must Not Give Up. Appeal to the Heads of State and Government of the member countries of the Ramstein coalition

28.02.2024

Some European countries continue to offer only extremely modest bilateral military aid to Ukraine. Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Luxembourg and France are among the most parsimonious members of the Ramstein coalition. They are thus taking advantage of the generosity of their allies, betraying their own past leadership and undermining the cohesion of Europe. Bilateral military […]

European Commission to Label Bitcoin as Environmentally Harmful

European Commission to Label Bitcoin as Environmentally Harmful

31.01.2024

Read the full article: coinpaper.com See also: Bitcoin Mining for EU Electricity Grids: An Energy Supply Management Tools (May 20, 2024)

EU Contemplates Bitcoin Ban With New Report? Here’s Why You Should Care

EU Contemplates Bitcoin Ban With New Report? Here’s Why You Should Care

31.01.2024

Read the full article: cryptorank.io

The EU Is Attacking Proof of Work

The EU Is Attacking Proof of Work

30.01.2024

Read the full article: tftc.io See also: Defend PoW: Submission to ESMA (December 15, 2023)

Industry figures fear EU ban on block reward mining could be imminent

Industry figures fear EU ban on block reward mining could be imminent

21.12.2023

In September, it was announced that the European Commission (EC) would undergo a year-long study into the sustainability of digital assets. The EC’s financial services directorate issued a tender for the project, aiming to develop methodology and sustainability standards for mitigating the environmental impact of digital assets. “There is evidence that crypto-assets can cause significant harm on the climate […]

Submission to FATF: Tools to prevent abuse of AML/CFT laws

Submission to FATF: Tools to prevent abuse of AML/CFT laws

14.12.2023

Germany, as one of the founding members of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), creates standards for global financial policy to comply with anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) rules; FATF Recommendations lead to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and non-profit organisations (NPOs) to be defined as high-risk organisations by financial institutions, thereby by default opening the […]

BTC Coalition: summary of works 2022-2023

BTC Coalition: summary of works 2022-2023

28.11.2023

1. Building True Change Coalition and Its Mission The Building True Change Coalition (BTC Coalition) is a global network of freedom fighters united by the mission of harnessing the power of Bitcoin to protect fundamental rights and promote financial inclusion. Its members include human rights defenders, political activists, Bitcoin entreprenuers and industry experts. The coalition […]

ODF’s opinion on the rules of procedure of parliaments and parliamentary assemblies

ODF’s opinion on the rules of procedure of parliaments and parliamentary assemblies

24.10.2023

In light of the ongoing discussion on better integration of the work of civil society in the works of national parliaments and international parliamentary assemblies, the Open Dialogue Foundation has been a vocal proponent and advocate for more transparent, organised and fair regulation, benefitting civil society. We believe that the expertise, input and advocacy work […]

“AML/CFT regulations are an open door for abuse” – Lyudmyla Kozlovska at the FATF Global Conference

“AML/CFT regulations are an open door for abuse” – Lyudmyla Kozlovska at the FATF Global Conference

29.09.2023

Between March and July 2023, the EU AML/CFT Global Facility co-hosted and sponsored a series of regional consultations for nonprofit organisations (NPOs), FATF Regional Style Bodies, and Financial Intelligence Units with the aim of collecting, documenting, and analysing practices of meaningful engagement between the NPO sector and relevant (inter)governmental stakeholders. On 26-27 September 2023 in […]

How to engage in dialogue with regulators to scale up Bitcoin deployment

How to engage in dialogue with regulators to scale up Bitcoin deployment

21.07.2023

The EU has become one of the first jurisdictions to introduce comprehensive regulations on crypto-assets. Ukraine has announced its ambition to become a “pioneer” in implementing the European version of the Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation, MiCA. As the third country in the world in terms of cryptocurrency usage, Ukraine has been working on the regulation […]

Italian Senator Mauro Del Barba denounces unintended consequences of tightening AML/CFT rules

Italian Senator Mauro Del Barba denounces unintended consequences of tightening AML/CFT rules

27.03.2023

On Wednesday 22 March 2023, the Chamber of Deputies of Italy, held a hearing regarding the activities of the Bank of Italy.  Among others, Governor Ignazio Visco talked about the recent development regarding AML/CFT regulation. In 2022, for example, the Anti-Money Laundering Supervision and Regulation Unit was established to monitor AML compliance of financial intermediaries […]

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