22. Januar 2021

Euro Stablecoin (EURB) on Stellar

Euro Stablecoin (EURB) on Stellar: Attack on Tether and Co?

The German Bank von der Heydt (BVDH) has issued its own Euro Stablecoin based on the Stellar Network. The Stablecoin is called EURB and is, according to the bank, the first Cryptosoft stablecoin in the euro zone to be issued by a bank. According to the bank, the Digital Euro was created in cooperation with Bitbond and Stellar.

In this article, we will look at its characteristics and why banks do not use well-known stablecoins such as tether (USDT).

Euro Stablecoin (EURB) based on Stellar

Officially, there is now a digital euro in the euro area, trading as Euro Stablecoin (EURB).

The issuer is the German bank von der Heydt. The EURB is fully regulated and 100% covered by euro. However, due to regulatory requirements and strict KYC rules, the stablecoin cannot be publicly traded.

Customers have the following options to purchase the EURB:

A transfer of fiat money must be made to an escrow account of BVDH. As soon as the money from the secure escrow lands, the corresponding amount of EURB is sent to the customer.

However, concepts such as decentralisation or privacy were not taken into account in the solution. The technical platform for processing EURB transactions was developed by Bitbond. According to this platform, the principal, namely Bank von der Heydt, has full control over elementary properties of the token.

This includes all mechanisms related to „burning and minting“.

Cross-border payments with EURB

Bank von der Heydt is a German bank that has been in existence since 1754 and mainly serves institutional customers.

There has been a cooperation with Stellar and Bitbond for more than a year. The aim of the cooperation is to research possible applications based on DLT technology.

Philipp Doppelhammer represents the BVDH in this connection and said that the Euro Stablecoin should be used primarily for cross-border payments. The bank’s motivation arose from the non-existence of a Euro Stablecoin, which was actually issued by a „trustworthy“ institution such as a bank.

Banks would not use a stablecoin like Tether or USDC. Counterparty risks are too high as well as potential problems with regulators. Both banks and institutional investors prefer trustworthy stablecoins.

Let us note that Bank von der Heydt was the first European bank to issue a Euro Stablecoin. This will be used for cross-border payments and should be accessible mainly to banks and institutions. The EURB is 100% covered by euro and is not publicly tradable.