A new publication by Ireland-based newspaper, Independent, has revealed the subject matter of BNY Mellon’s May meeting with an Irish executive as a push for crypto regulations.
Back in May, the Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon) met with the Irish Minister of State at the Depart of Finance, Seán Fleming, but the outcome of the meeting had remained sketchy until the revelation by the media house.
According to the report, BNY Mellon urged the Irish government to introduce full crypto regulations. It continued that the bank asserted that rather than waiting for the regulation of the European Union dubbed ‘Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) proposal, the Ireland government should design its own crypto regulations.
This way, it would be following in the steps of many governments in the world that have implemented policies for regulating cryptocurrency-related financial activities.
BNY Mellon, explaining the logic for its proposal, disclosed that the European Union’s (EU) ‘Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) plan could take a long time to take effect and might not be able to cover the entire crypto market grounds considering the pace at which the space is growing. Although the EU proposal is expected to come into effect by 2023, BNY Mellon convinced the minister it could take longer than that.
Whilst we acknowledge the Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) proposal by the European Commission seeks to create a separate regime for crypto assets at the European level, given the timeframe for such legislative action to come into effect, national regimes have quickly started to fill the gap within their respective national jurisdictions, and we believe Ireland should follow suit.
It is worth adding that this is not the first news regarding BNY Mellon in Ireland, as its tireless crypto campaign in the country had been captured before.
Reports had it that back in May, the bank planted a new crypto-focused initiative called ‘Digital Innovation Hub,’ which offers custodial services to customers in the country.