Italy is stepping up its surveillance of the cryptocurrency markets as it moves to align with the European Union’s Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) regulatory framework. This effort is part of a broader initiative to strengthen market oversight and enhance consumer protection within the rapidly growing digital asset sector.

According to a recent [Reuters report](, new measures have been introduced to combat insider trading and market manipulation. These measures include stringent sanctions, with fines ranging from $5,400 to $5.4 million for violations such as insider trading, market manipulation, or the unlawful disclosure of inside information.

Under the new decree, Italy’s central bank and the market watchdog, Consob, are designated as the authorities responsible for overseeing cryptocurrency activities. This aligns with the MiCA framework established by the EU, which aims to provide a unified regulatory structure across Europe, promoting transparency, stability, and orderly market functioning.

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