The landscape of decentralized finance (DeFi) in Europe is poised for significant changes as new regulations are set to reshape how crypto-native projects and traditional financial institutions interact within this burgeoning sector. Marina Markezic, executive director of the European Crypto Initiative, recently shed light on the European Commission’s anticipated DeFi report under the Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) framework, expected by the end of December 2024.

According to Markezic, the upcoming regulatory changes are likely to make it easier for traditional financial players, including banks considering issuing stablecoins, to enter the DeFi space. These regulations, however, may pose hurdles for crypto-native projects striving to obtain licenses and ensure compliance. This dual approach aims to enhance safety and stability within the DeFi ecosystem, which has been innovative yet volatile.

The European Union’s report will delve into how decentralized systems, particularly those like decentralized exchanges that lack a clear issuer, should be regulated. This includes defining what constitutes decentralization, a concept that remains fluid and subject to interpretation. The notion of a “DeFi spectrum” is introduced, acknowledging the variety of use cases from fully autonomous operations to those with varying degrees of control and human intervention.

Legal experts, including Sascha Drobnjak, former head of legal and compliance at the Elusiv protocol, emphasize the need for regulations that are flexible and principle-based rather than rigidly defined. This approach would better accommodate the rapid pace of technological innovation within the DeFi sector.

DeFi, which operates primarily on the Ethereum network, offers services traditionally provided by banks, such as lending, borrowing, and trading, without the need for intermediaries. With revenue in the DeFi sector expected to grow significantly in the coming years, the regulatory framework will play a crucial role in shaping its development and ensuring its integration with traditional financial systems.

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