Written Question: Need for the EU to issue a digital currency
(Source: European Parliament)
Date submitted: 3 March 2021
Question for written answer E-001241/2021
to the Commission
Lefteris Christoforou (PPE)
Subject: Need for the EU to issue a digital currency
New socio-economic data, rapid changes in the financial sector, the digital transition, the growing demand for cryptocurrencies and the surge in the price of Bitcoin make the need for a European digital currency more pressing.
It is worth remembering that the EU was the first to create a different, non-traditional currency with the introduction of the European Currency Unit (ECU), the precursor to the euro.
I believe that the time is right for the EU to respond to this need and, first and foremost, for the Commission, the Council and Parliament to take a political decision in favour of a European digital currency.
In the light of the above:
- Does the Commission intend to design and study the creation of a European digital currency?
- What is the Commission’s reaction to the growing influence of Bitcoin?
- What is the Commission’s advice to European citizens concerning the growing influence of Bitcoin?