Former Belgian Finance Minister and European Parliament member Johan Van Overtveldt called for a ban on cryptocurrencies, claiming they have “no economic or social value.”
Van Overtveldt’s comments came as the European Parliament prepares to vote on crypto licensing rules, with mixed reactions from experts on the potential economic value of cryptocurrencies.
Van Overtveldt believes cryptocurrencies are purely speculative and should be banned like drugs by governments.
Recent banking difficulties at Silvergate, Silicon Valley Bank, and Signature Bank may have influenced Van Overtveldt’s stance.
Former Belgian Finance Minister and European Parliament member Johan Van Overtveldt has called for a ban on cryptocurrency, stating that the digital asset industry provides “no economic or social value.”
Van Overtveldt made the comments on Twitter, amidst growing concerns about the banking sector, as Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank, and Credit Suisse face difficulties.
Nog een les te trekken uit de huidige bankcommotie. Leg een strikt verbod op cryptocurrencies op. Speculatief gif en geen enkele economische- of sociale toegevoegde waarde. Als een overheid drugs verbiedt, moet ze ook crypto’s verbieden.
— Johan Van Overtveldt (@jvanovertveldt) March 17, 2023
Interestingly, Van Overtveldt’s comments came as the European Parliament prepares to vote on “landmark crypto licensing rules for the bloc,” according to Coindesk. Van Overtveldt’s suggestion to enforce a strict ban on cryptocurrencies has been met with mixed reactions. Some experts argue that the technology underlying cryptocurrencies has great potential for creating economic value.
Van Overtveldt argues that cryptocurrencies are purely speculative and lack any significant economic or social value. He has also suggested that if the government bans drugs, it should also ban cryptocurrencies.
The contagion from the recent issues at Silvergate, Silicon Valley Bank, and Signature Bank may have influenced Van Overtveldt’s stance. As board member Barney Frank commented, the closure of Signature Bank sent a “strong anti-crypto message” from regulators.
Despite Van Overtveldt’s comments, the crypto industry continues to evolve and grow, with an increasing number of institutions and individuals investing in cryptocurrencies. As the industry matures, regulations will likely continue to evolve to balance innovation with the need to protect investors and the broader financial system.
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