Why is Malta the blockchain island? Did you know that Malta is in pole position for this title? Indeed, so confidently and determinedly is Malta adopting blockchain that is has by now won global recognition as the Blockchain Island.
On 13 April 2018, the Malta Financial Service Authority (MFSA) published a circular to the industry about a consultation paper on the Financial Instrument Test. The objective of this test is to determine whether a Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) asset, depending on its features, falls within the sphere of either the traditional European and local financial services legislation, or within the sphere of the proposed Virtual Financial Assets Act (VFAA), or is otherwise exempt from regulation
On 29 March 2018, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) issued a public document providing guidance on Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) and the acceptance of Virtual Currencies (VCs) through the implementation of a sandbox environment.
On 23 March 2018, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) agreed to take measures on the provision of contracts for differences (CFDs) and binary options to retail investors in the European Union (EU).
The Council of the EU has just reached an agreement to work on a directive intended to tackle cross-border tax planning. This agreement was reached on 13 March 2018 at a meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council. The fundamental idea of the directive is to pre-empt tax planning schemes detrimental to the interests of the EU’s member states before they are actually implemented.
A new gaming bill has been tabled in the Parliament of Malta. On 13 March 2018, the Hon. Silvio Schembri, the Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, tabled a motion in Parliament for the first reading of a new gaming bill.