The DEA Podcast was brought to life by The Digital Euro Association and deals with the programmable, digital Euro.
The Digital Euro Association is dedicated to educating people about the advantages of the tokenization of money. In addition to that, we also wants to assist in solving the immense challenge the eurozone with its 19 member states and many different parties faces and create an innovative and open environment for digital tokenized money. It is our strong belief that through shared knowledge and meaningful collaboration among the members of the DEA community, who have backgrounds in a wide range of industries, a significant contribution to the development of the digital euro can be created.
On the basis of this interdisciplinarity, it is possible to develop solutions jointly and, under consideration of all interests, to formulate the necessary requirements for politics and the financial sector. In this way, the DEA hopes to offer every citizen, entrepreneur, (central) banker, and politician a platform that helps to understand the enormous impact of the digitization of money on the economy and to define design principles of the digital euro.
Episode 11: Celo Stablecoin and CBDC projects
This podcast episode of the Future of Money Podcast by the Digital Euro Association focusses on Stablecoins. DEA founding member Manuel Klein talks with Markus Franke, Partner and economist at cLabs who work on Celo stablecoins, about what stablecoins are, which different types of stablecoins exist and which advantages and disadvantages the different types of stablecoins bring. After having described the different stablecoin-types, Manuel and Markus focus on the decentralized stablecoins of celo: Celo is a layer 1 blockchain with stablecoins like the Celo Dollar and Celo Euro that are optimised for decentralised finance applications on cell phones. Manuel and Markus discuss how the decentralized celo Stablecoins differ from centralized stablecoins and how they are issued, backed and redeemed. Last but not least, Markus explains how celo is aiming to become environmentally sustainable money and which use cases the members of the celo alliance for prosperity work on. Make sure to listen to this very insightful episode on a promising form of the private digital euro: the decentralized stablecoins of celo.
Episode 10: The regulated Internet of Value
In this episode, Tony McLaughlin outlines a network on which different forms of money that we already know today can be transferred as tokens issued on distributed ledgers. These different monies are all “regulated liabilities” and include commercial bank money, electronic money, and central bank money. A network that tokenizes regulated liabilities on the same chain may deliver a next generation digital money format with the benefits of DLT but without the downsides of currently discussed digital money forms such as stablecoins or CBDCs.
As DLT has the potential to represent multiple forms of digital value, we might go further and envision the creation of networks that tokenize regulated liabilities and regulated assets on the same chain. Such a network would be significantly different from today’s siloed financial architecture: It would embody all types of tokenized assets and money in an ‘always on’, programmable and global network — a regulated internet of value.
Episode 9: Will central bank digital currencies enable anonymous payments?
Most of the central banks around the world consider issuing a CBDC mainly as a consequence of the declining use of cash as a means of payment and to position themselves against increased competition from novel forms of private sector-issued money such as cryptocurrencies and stablecoins. In most jurisdictions, CBDC design requirements and design principles are currently being analyzed and discussed. A consultation by the European Central Bank (ECB) revealed that privacy seems to be the most important requirement for a CBDC for European citizens. Privacy of transaction data is important for ensuring the security of the data and fair pricing, and avoiding data exploitation, amongst others. Therefore, a high degree of data privacy while complying with regulations such as anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism seems to be desirable for a CBDC.
Episode 8: ABI's Spunta Project
Digital payment solutions constitute an important strategic building block in Europe’s quest for digital competitiveness and strategic autonomy. Various European institutions have increased their efforts to modernize the payment infrastructures in Europe, including the Digital Finance Package by the European Commission and the inquiry into a digital euro by the European Central Bank (ECB). However, in particular, the private sector is at the forefront of analyzing the impact of a digital Euro, e.g., in this context, a digital euro based on distributed ledger technology (DLT).
Episode 7: Digital Currencies beyond Borders
oday, cross-border payment systems are far from being frictionless and efficient. According to data by the World Bank, for cross-border payments, on average, more than 7% transaction fees are charged. Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) have the potential to improve these international payment processes in various ways. At this point, standardization, harmonization and interoperability between domestic payment systems with possible different payment arrangements become strikingly important. A committed cooperation to build a bridge between multi-currency cross-border payments through an enhanced financial infrastructure with the design principles supporting privacy, security, fairness, efficiency, inclusivity, and legal compliance would bring about a promising solution. Additionally, international implications of CBDCs need to be further studied as CBDCs could impact exchange rates, international capital flows, and, in general, also the supremacy of specific currencies.
Episode 6: Stablecoins: Hype or Gamechanger?
The Digital Euro Association (DEA) webinar series “private sector and the digital euro” will continue with a webinar on stablecoins. As of the end of May 2021, stablecoin supply exceeds $100 billion in market value according to data from The Block. This substantial development in the stablecoin market is primarily driven by the significant global demand for digital assets in the Decentralized Finance (DeFi) space. While stablecoins are in the spotlight, debates around their stability, resiliency, risk, and compliance with existing regulations in financial markets are currently being shaped. However, the stablecoin market is dominated by US stablecoin providers – euro stablecoins lag behind. Further, as central banks consider issuing their own digital currencies – central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) – dynamics and interlinkages between stablecoins and CBDCs are now remarkably explored