Yesterday, the Maltese government published the 2nd reading of the 3 progressive laws regulating blockchain companies. The government launched these laws in the wake of the launch of the Delta summit which is happening in Malta on the 3rd to the 5th October 2018.
During a video conference call, Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat stated that “Malta is one of the first countries worldwide to regulate this technology creating an ideal ecosystem for companies, start-ups and investors to meet and share insights. Also, to build the future of blockchain together.”
The government’s vision is to attract more blockchain based businesses to choose “The Blockchain Island.” Consequently, Malta has already set blockchain based projects which are underway to be used in the public.
Due to strict regulations implemented by other jurisdictions around the world, Malta’s clear approach on blockchain is attracting new businesses to the island. Malta’s clear set bills are one step ahead from other countries with a vigorous ecosystem, thus become aware of unlawful business dealings within the industry. In the process, many blockchain based companies have shifted their business to Malta.
These set bills will regulate the whole sphere of blockchain in a positive outlook, supporting the growth of this ever so important industry. The government is setting up the Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA) operating under the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA), which shall provide legal certainty to all Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) based companies. The second bill, the Virtual Financial Assets Act will regulate all cryptocurrencies, Initial Coin Offering (ICOs) and also regulate crypto exchange companies. The last bill is the Innovation Technology and Arrangement Services Act, which encompasses the framework on how the MDIA will work. If you would like to read more on the laws please click on the respective law below.
- Malta Digital Innovation Authority Act
- Virtual Financial Assets Act
- Innovative Technology Arrangements and Services Act
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