Albania passes new comprehensive law written by the Minister of Finance and Economy to regulate crypto activities. Albania’s Parliament signed a bill into law on May 21 plenary session a legal framework for cryptocurrencies.
The law, “On Financial Markets Based on the Technology of Distributed Ledgers,” first appeared before the Committee of Economy in October 2019 and was approved this week with 88 votes in favor, 16 against and 3 abstentions.
Introduced by Albania’s Minister of Finance and Economy, the legislation looks to regulate the conditions for licensing all crypto activities in the country.
Beyond digital tokens, the law looks to monitor all infrastructure where DLT technology operates. “The draft law aims to regulate the conditions for licensing, exercising the activity of operators and stock exchanges and supervising them, as well as preventing abusive practices in the market, where severe fines are stipulated for anyone who violates the provisions of the law.” said Anila Denaj, Minister of Finance of Albania.
The law aims to combat money laundering through digital assets
The minister said that the bill serves to make “the best use of the benefits offered by technology,” but also to address a range of potential risks. These include the creation of fraudulent schemes or unauthorized schemes to provide virtual assets, or the risks of using them for money laundering, terrorism financing or market manipulation.