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Date: June 2nd 2022
Published on: Regulation
Crypto Compliance, Crypto Regulation, Italy, VASP,
Last Friday, Binance, the cryptocurrency exchange, announced that it was regulated in Italy. Its Italy branch secured a virtual asset service provider (VASP) registration the Organismo per gli agenti e mediatori (OAM). Registration with the OAM is a requirement set forth by a new decree updating the crypto regulation in Italy.
Before that, the exchange had already secured a PSAN license in France and a Virtual Asset Service License in Dubai.
The Ministero dell’Economia e delle Finanze (Ministry of Economy and finance, or MEF) recently enforced a new Decree. It was previously issued in January and it updates crypto regulation for VASPs in Italy.
The Decree of the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) of January 13, 2022, published in the Official Gazette no. 40 of 17-02-2022 establishes new requirements for both Italian and foreign companies providing virtual currency services within the Italian territory. VASPs providing services like exchange and storage of virtual currencies and digital wallet service providers are within the scope of the decree.
It provides the following definitions:
Also, the Decree establishes two new requirements for in-scope VASPs namely registration with the OAM and reporting obligations.
The Decree establishes that in-scope companies need to register with the Organismo per gli agenti e mediatori (OAM). The register maintained by the OAM includes 14 cryptocurrency companies. The full list can be found here.
Virtual currency and digital wallet service providers wishing to register with the OAM need to communicate with the agency and comply with the requirements set forth in Article 17 -bis, paragraph 2, of Legislative Decree August 13 2010, n. 141.
As per OAM’s announcement, the register in operational since May 18. Already established companies satisfying legal requirements have 60 days from that date to communicate to the OAM their operations in Italy. By doing so, they will be able to continue operations until the OAM’s decision on their registration.
Then, for companies that have not started operating by May 18, they should:
Then, the decree sets reporting obligations for virtual currency and digital wallet service providers.
Each quarter registered companies registered must send records to the OAM about the transactions they carried out in Italy. More specifically, they should provide:
Providing virtual currency and digital wallet services without prior registration with the OAM is considered abusive. Pursuant to art. 17-bis, paragraph 5, Legislative Decree 141/2010, this can result in administrative fines from the MEF ranging from €2,065 to €10,329.
Non-compliance with crypto regulation in Italy and in other regulated countries can have consequences. Scorechain is providing blockchain analytics tools that help companies put their crypto compliance processes in line with local requirements.
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