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January 24, 2023

On the wires

Digital Euro Will be Free But Limited in Scope, ECB says


The digital version of the euro currency will be free to use and available to all but the European Central Bank does not want to keep any personal data on its users, ECB board member Fabio Panetta said on Monday. The ECB is working on a digital version of its currency and is in the process of outlining the broader design, also hoping to alleviate concerns that the digital currency could disrupt the financial system and give the central bank too much data on citizens.

January 23, 2023

On the web

Introductory Statement by Fabio Panetta, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, at the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament

European Central Bank

Our investigation into a digital euro started more than a year ago. Closely involving the European Parliament in the investigation phase has been a priority for the ECB from day one. Over the course of 2022, we regularly discussed key design options in this Committee...People’s payment behaviour is changing at an unprecedented speed: over the past three years, cash payments in the euro area have dropped from 72% to 59%, with digital payments becoming increasingly popular (Chart 1).

January 10, 2023

On the web

European Central Bank Proposes Digital Euro Design Options

US Gold Bureau

"The European Central Bank (ECB) proposed a series of design and distribution options for a digital Euro. The proposal lays out how  the Eurosystem and banks would issue, distribute, and settle transactions using the proposed central bank digital currency (CBDC). The latest proposals are in the recent progress report the ECB filed on a two-year digital Euro investigation project commenced in July of 2021. The investigative phase consists of many components including five separate tests with major banks and retailers like Amazon."