Estonia Has Withdrawn Licenses from Over 1,000 Crypto Companies This Year

The Baltic nation of Estonia says it has withdrawn more than 1,000 licenses from cryptocurrency companies in 2020.

  • Veiko Tali, secretary-general of the Ministry of Finance, said in a post on Friday that many of the companies had “minimal” connections to Estonia and clientele in “remote countries.”
  • The mass license revocation still leaves around 400 virtual currency service providers (VASPs) licensed in Estonia, he added.
  • The secretary-general explained that monitoring and regulation of virtual currency service providers (VASPs) are in “continuous need of heightened attention,” and that “important regulatory changes” are on the way for the industry.
  • However, Estonia’s resources for monitoring compliance by VASPS are limited, Tali said.
  • Estonia joined the European Union in May 2004, which means the country aligns with EU regulations concerning anti-money laundering and other measures.

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