EU Legal Framework on Crowdfunding
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EU Legal Framework on Crowdfunding

The article describes the EU Legal Framework on Crowdfunding as an activity subject to specific rules which are currently being reformed by the European Commission
EU Legal Framework on Crowdfunding

Within the EU regulatory framework, crowdfunding is an activity subject to specific rules which are currently being reformed by the European Commission.

Crowdfunding is defined by ESMA as a means of raising funds for projects from the 'crowd', often through an internet-based platform, through which project owners 'pitch' their idea to potential backers, who are usually not professional investors.

Based on this definition, ICOs and token sales can in many cases be classified as a form of crowdfunding.

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Currently, the rules applicable to crowdfunding vary significantly across Member States. In general, a distinction can be made between more traditional and more "innovative" approaches. While the former bring "crowdfunding of financial proceeds" within the scope of banking or financial regulation, the latter use tailored regimes or "safe harbours". In general, the prevailing approach in the EU is to create exemptions from financial market regulations for crowdfunding activities; however, these are not readily applicable due to the strict caps.

To address the disparities between Capital Market Union and encourage the development of the emerging crowdfunding industry, the European Commission has put forward a proposal for a regulation on crowdfunding service providers as part of its Fintech Action Plan published in 2018.

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The proposal aims to facilitate access to alternative (non-bank) sources of finance such as crowdfunding and peer-to-peer financing for innovative companies, start-ups and other non-listed companies. The new rules apply in particular to crowdfunding services that involve a financial return for investors, such as investment- and loan-based crowdfunding.

Given the likelihood that Initial Coin Offerings and the sale of crypto-assets will be used in crowdfunding activities, the European Commission should clarify the applicability of the new regulatory framework (which will also include amendments to MiFID II) to intermediaries involved in blockchain-based peer-to-peer financing. The new Regulation could indeed provide a coherent supervisory regime and a single authorisation regime for blockchain-based crowdfunding initiatives.

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