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Financial institutions face two categories of emergencies arising out of the coronavirus disease that could impair their functioning. The first is directly financial: a sudden drop in the value of financial assets, or loss of liquidity, whether domestically or elsewhere in the world that could lead to a national or even global financial crisis. The second is operational: the failure of the support structures that underpin the financial system.

The European Commission and the Council of the EU have set out the EU’s position on the use of global stablecoins. As expected, whilst they accept that financial innovations can benefit the financial sector, they consider that stablecoins pose many global risks, including, but not limited to, risks to consumers and cybersecurity.