New EU AML Laws Ban All Anonymous Crypto Payments

The European Union cracks down on money laundering with new laws restricting cash and anonymous cryptocurrency payments.

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  • The EU has implemented a new law restricting cash transactions to fight money laundering.
  • The EU has cracked down on money laundering by restricting cash and banning anonymous transactions.
  • New AML regulations have outlawed unidentified cryptocurrency wallets.

The European Union (EU) has taken a significant step towards curbing money laundering activities by approving anti-money laundering laws (AML). The legislation, which was met with some opposition, aims to restrict both cash and cryptocurrency payments to increase transparency and financial oversight.

EU Cracks Down on Cash and Crypto Payments

The new regulations, which were greenlit by the majority of the EU Parliament’s lead commission on March 19, establish specific limitations on cash transactions. Notably, any cash payment exceeding €10,000 will be prohibited, while anonymous cash transactions above €3,000 will also be outlawed.

Perhaps cryptocurrency payments are the most contentious aspect of the new AML package. Under the new laws, any crypto payments made using unidentified self-custody wallets will become illegal. This applies to any digital wallet, be it mobile, desktop, or browser-based, not operated by a licensed provider.


The enforcement of these new AML regulations is slated to begin within three years of their official entry into force. However, Dublin law firm Dillon Eustace anticipates that these laws will be fully operational well before the standard enforcement timeline.

One vocal opponent of the new legislation is Patrick Breyer, a member of the European Parliament for the German Pirate Party. Breyer expressed skepticism regarding the effectiveness of these laws in combating crime. 

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Breyer further emphasized his belief that anonymous transactions are a fundamental human right for achieving individual financial autonomy. Beyond the infringement on privacy rights, Breyer warns of the potential economic and social repercussions of the EU’s war on cash.

Public resistance to limitations on cash transactions is not a new phenomenon in Europe. Breyer referenced the “great public outcry” in 2017 when the European Commission previously consulted the public on limiting cash usage.


The effectiveness of the new AML legislation in combating money laundering remains to be seen. While some believe it is necessary, others fear it may come at the cost of individual financial privacy and economic freedom.

On the Flipside

  • The legislation might disproportionately affect unbanked individuals who rely on cash for everyday transactions.
  • The new AML rules may place a significant compliance burden on businesses, especially those dealing with high-value transactions.
  • The regulations on self-custody wallets could be technologically bypassed by using decentralized exchanges or privacy-focused blockchains.

Why This Matters

The EU’s new AML laws, particularly the restrictions on self-custody crypto wallets, could significantly impact how Europeans interact with cryptocurrency. This crackdown on anonymity raises concerns about user privacy and financial inclusion, potentially stifling innovation and hindering mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies within the EU.

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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.