In its final report on virtual currencies and distributed ledger technology concerning the likes of bitcoin and blockchain tech, the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs has spoken about the possibility of revising existing EU payment laws, due to the innovations afforded by virtual currencies and blockchain technology.
The European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) has recently released its final report (PDF) on virtual currencies (VC) and blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT). In it, the ECON lists the opportunities and risks associated with the innovations in the landscape of payments and beyond.
The sweeping pointer-laden report covers plenty of subjects concerning bitcoin (specifically) and blockchain technology and merits a read.
The beginning of the explanatory statement reads:
Seven years after the launch of Bitcoin, the first and most prominent virtual currency (VC), it has become clear that the underlying innovation, distributed ledger technology (DLT) is set to have a significant impact on the financial sector and beyond.
Bitcoin Regulation and Research via the European Commission