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WEF 2022: Most DeFi protocols aren’t really decentralized, says European Parliament VP

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Most decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols aren’t really decentralized, which implies we want correct rules in place to grasp the internal workings of this rising know-how, in keeping with European Parliament vice chairman Eva Kaili. 

In an unique interview with Cointelegraph on the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Kaili was requested to stipulate her definition of DeFi. By definition, DeFi is “completely decentralized,” she mentioned, which implies that “nobody can control or […] manipulate a blockchain.”

Achieving decentralization is not any simple feat. “Most of them are […] saying they are, but they are not, Kaili said, referring to existing DeFi protocols. She further explained the need to define ecosystem players as part of a broader regulatory framework:

“We need to have safeguards to understand who is a developer, who controls that, what are the keys, if somebody can change the code or not, where is the jurisdiction. We have to make sure we understand how it works. It’s not an easy exercise. This is what disruption is. It’s out of the box challenges that we need to see what are the benefits and ensure we work around that with smart regulation.”

Kaili, who has been a member of the European Parliament since 2014, has been a vocal supporter of Bitcoin (BTC) and blockchain know-how for a while. In a earlier interview with Cointelegraph Magazine, the Greek nationwide mentioned blockchain know-how offers us the instruments to strengthen and enhance present methods by means of belief and stability.

Related: WEF 2022: Crypto remittances must have allure of cash without regulatory constraints — Jeremy Allaire

Concerns about DeFi’s governance structures are nothing new, with many ardent Bitcoin supporters arguing that the business lacks a real financial different to BTC. As former Blockstream CEO Samson Mow defined, most DeFi tasks are ruled by organizations that may modify their protocol at will.

Although Kaili raised issues about whether or not DeFi protocols can really be considered decentralized, European regulators seem to have broadened their understanding of the business. An April report by the European Commission defined DeFi as a “newly emerging form of autonomous financial intermediation” that’s exterior the standard finance business. The report additionally acknowledged the necessity to rethink Europe’s regulatory strategy on the matter.