How EU’s New Stablecoin Guidelines Work and What They Change

The European Union rolls out new guidelines for stablecoins, prioritizing consumer protection and market stability.

New laws and plans being drawn out in the EU for stablecoins.
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  • The EU has introduced new guidelines targeting stablecoins for consumer protection and market stability.
  • Crypto firms have been required to implement complaint resolution procedures for stablecoin holders.
  • The EU has sought to foster crypto growth while ensuring responsible practices.

The European Union (EU) is taking a significant step towards regulating the cryptocurrency market by introducing new guidelines for stablecoins. This move comes amidst growing concerns about consumer protection and market stability in the digital asset space.

EU Clarifies Crypto Consumer Protection

The European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) have collaborated to establish these new guidelines within the framework of the Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) regulation. 

The MiCA framework, slated for full implementation by December 2024, aimed to create a comprehensive regulatory environment for crypto issuers, service providers, and users. A key focus of the new stablecoin guidelines is enhancing consumer protection, with crypto businesses having set timelines to implement and comply with MiCA’s requirements by June 30, 2024.


The recently issued Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) outline protocols for handling complaints by holders of asset reference tokens (ARTs), a classification that encompasses most stablecoins under MiCA. 

These guidelines mandate stablecoin issuers to adhere to specific procedures and standards for complaint resolution, ensuring a fair and efficient system for users. The MiCA framework also includes measures to ensure compliance and accountability. One key provision mandates rigorous screening of shareholders and board members for crypto asset service providers.

How the Rules Affect Businesses and Users

The EU’s new stablecoin guidelines bring significant changes for both companies issuing stablecoins and users holding them. Here’s a breakdown:

For Companies:

  • Crypto firms must adhere to MiCA’s regulations by June 30th, 2024. This includes implementing complaint resolution procedures as outlined by the new RTS.
  • Companies issuing stablecoins will face stricter screening of shareholders and board members. This aims to prevent situations like the FTX collapse, where mismanagement led to user losses.

For Users:

  • Users will benefit from a more formal complaint-handling process, ensuring a fair and efficient system for addressing issues with their stablecoin holdings.
  • The regulations aim to mitigate systemic risks associated with stablecoin failures, potentially leading to a more stable market environment for users.

What is the Goal?

The push for stricter oversight of stablecoins gained momentum following high-profile events like the TerraUSD debacle, which highlighted potential systemic risks associated with stablecoin failures. In recent years, the EU has been actively monitoring stablecoins to identify and mitigate such vulnerabilities.


The phased rollout of these regulations underscores the EU’s commitment to striking a balance between fostering innovation in the crypto space and ensuring consumer protection. The EU aims to create a thriving and responsible digital asset market by introducing robust regulatory frameworks and promoting transparency within the ecosystem.

On the Flipside

  • The current guidelines focus on stablecoins. Regulations for other cryptocurrencies are still evolving.
  • Effectively enforcing regulations across all EU member states could prove challenging.

Why This Matters

The EU’s new stablecoin guidelines set a precedent for global crypto regulation, potentially influencing other countries to adopt similar consumer protection standards. This could lead to a more standardized and stable cryptocurrency market, benefiting users and fostering responsible innovation within the industry.

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Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.