22.03.2019 – The Federal Council wants to further improve the framework conditions for companies in the area of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT). On 14 December 2018, it published a report on the legal framework for blockchain/DLT in the financial sector. The report shows that Switzerland's legal framework is well suited to dealing with new technologies, including blockchain. Nevertheless, there is still a need for selective adjustments. Against this background, on 22 March 2019 the Federal Council initiated the consultation on the adaptation of federal law to developments in distributed ledger technology. With this proposal, the Federal Council wants to increase legal certainty, remove hurdles for DLT-based applications and limit risks of misuse. The consultation will last until the end of June 2019.
In December 2018, the Federal Council also noted the analysis of an interdepartmental working group on the money laundering and terrorist financing risks posed by crypto assets. The corresponding report was also published on 14 December 2018.
Press conferences - 14.12.2018
Media seminar - 14.12.2018
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