Lithuania to Regulate Cryptocurrency Exchange Sector With Obligatory ID Checks
Lithuania is preparing new rules to govern cryptocurrency transactions, requiring businesses to prove the identity of clients, local daily news outlet Delfi reported on June 12.
As part of its obligations to impose European Union anti-money laundering (AML) regulations, Lithuania’s finance ministry will seek to completely formalize crypto-based exchange operations.
Parliament approved the move during a sitting on Wednesday, Delfi says, while a time frame remains uncertain for implementation.
Once the rules come into effect, any transactions worth over EUR1,000 ($1,127) involving cryptocurrency — be it into or out of fiat or from one cryptocurrency to another — will face stringent reporting requirements.
Exchanges or similar businesses will have to gather identity information about the buyer, while large operations over EUR15,000 ($16,919) will oblige them to inform Lithuania’s Financial Crime Investigation Service.
Slightly different rules will apply to issuers of tokens — i.e. initial coin offerings — for which ID requirements will kick in once a sale passes EUR3,000 ($3,383).
At present, Lithuania does not formally regulate its crypto exchange sphere at all, Delfi notes.
The changes come as jurisdictions worldwide prepare to implement controversial recommendations from the intergovernmental Financial Action Task Force.
As Cointelegraph reported, the guidelines, which all G20 nations have agreed to, will be published on June 21 and impose similar ID demands on crypto-based transactions.
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