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G7 will oppose Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency until adequate regulations are in place

The Group of Seven expressed its decision to oppose the launch of Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency.

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Tue, 13 Oct 2020, 06:11 am UTC

Facebook appears to be facing a big hurdle to its Libra cryptocurrency project. Finance ministers and central bankers from seven of the world’s largest economies issued a draft stating that the will oppose the launch of Libra stablecoin until adequate regulations are already in place.

In a draft released on Tuesday, October 13, the Group of Seven (G7) stated that it would oppose the launch of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency until it is properly regulated, Cointelegraph reported. The G7 is composed of the world’s seven largest economies such as the U.S., Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, and the U.K.

According to Reuters, the draft was prepared for an upcoming meeting between the central bankers and finance ministers of the G7 member countries. While G7 noted that digital payments have its advantages such as cutting costs and deepening access to financial services, the group said that the cryptocurrency sector needs to be regulated and supervised for a variety of reasons such as taxation, cybersecurity, consumer protection, and the stability of the financial system.

The group is concerned that stablecoins such as Facebook’s Libra might be used to finance terrorism, money laundering, and other illegal activities. Stablecoins are backed by a traditional currency or basket of assets making them resistant to volatility.

“The G7 continues to maintain that no global stablecoin project should begin operation until it adequately addresses relevant legal, regulatory, and oversight requirements through appropriate design and by adhering to applicable standards,” the Group of Seven’s draft stated. The document also explored the potential risks and opportunities of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).

The Group of Twenty (G20), an international forum of 19 countries and the EU, is likewise concerned about the potential issues with stablecoins. In April, the G20 released 10 recommendations for a common approach to regulating the assets.

The European Central Bank has officially joined the race for the creation of its own CBDC also known as the digital euro. ECB head Christine Lagarde said that the institution was “very seriously” considering the creation of a digital euro to complement existing banknotes.

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