The European Commission (EC) is opposing the creation of the crypto crime victim superfund to be financed with $0.0001 per dollar on all cryptocurrency transactions occurring within the EU. The Commission says that it does not have the competence to set up and administer such a fund. It also argues that most crypto crimes occur outside the EU jurisdiction.
EC Says It Lacks the Needed Competencies
The EC made the remarks in response to a petition lodged with the European Union Parliament (EUP) by a consortium of crypto fraud victims. In their petition, the victims insist that the EC, which is one of the largest bureaucracies, is ideally placed to administer the proposed fund.
In its response to the EUP, the Commission, which has previously turned down the petition, says victims must instead “continue to pursue their respective cases through national law enforcement agencies.” According to the EC, victims can “seek compensation through existing channels or with the legal persons responsible for their loss.”
The Commission also clarifies that “EU rules on compensation may be applicable in cases of intentional violent crime.”
Victims Say EC too Cozy With the Industry
Meanwhile, the victims have assailed the EC’s tepid response and accused the Commission of taking an “anti-consumerism” stance. In a statement, the victims’ lawyer Jonathan Levy says:
The EU Commission pleads a lack of competence to assist victims of crypto crime even while promulgating a union-wide regulatory scheme for crypto assets. The Commission administers billions of Euros in grants and credits every year and has one of the most expansive and well-trained bureaucracies in the world but cannot administer a simple victim fund which is self-replenishing through a virtually unnoticeable .0001 cent per Euro transaction fee.
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