Forex Regulation in Europe – Which Government Bodies Regulate Forex Brokers in the EU?

Forex regulation in Europe falls under MiFID II guidelines, which means that a standard set of rules and regulations apply to all European Union member states equally. A common practice in the EU, which is perfectly legal, is for FX brokers to obtain a license in a region like Cyprus and then “passport” regulation to all EU member states. It’s important to highlight that each EU member state has specific rules and regulations pertaining to their respective country which, in some cases, may supersede EU regulation.

Because of potential differences between pan-EU and member state regulations, it’s helpful to know which regulatory body is responsible for forex & CFD regulation across the European Union. We’ve outlined each EU member state’s regulatory body below and as a supplement also added a couple of non-EU member states to the list in order to provide you with a comprehensive picture.

If your brokerage is seeking regulation in Europe, the most common jurisdiction to obtain a forex broker license would be in Cyprus. After Cyprus, Malta is the next potential jurisdiction to consider, followed by Bulgaria. Finally, the United Kingdom shouldn’t be ruled out from this list. Note, however, that the UK’s relationship with the EU is currently being decided (as of this writing) so specific rules pertaining to the region are subject to change.

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A Complete List of EU Forex & CFD Regulators (Highlight the Flag to View Regulators)

 


Austria Regulator

Financial and Capital Market Commission (Finanzmarktaufsicht) – FMA



Belgium Regulator

Financial
Services and Markets Authority (Autoriteit Voor Financiële Diensten En Markten) – FSMA


Croatia Regulator

Croatian Financial
Services Supervisory Agency (Hrvatska agencija za nadzor
financijskih usluga
) – HANFA

Cyprus Regulator

Financial
Market Authority (Επιτροπή Κεφαλαιαγοράς
Κύπρου
) – CySEC


Czech Republic Regulator

(Česká národní banka) – CNB



Denmark Regulator

(Finanstilsynet) – DFSA



Estonia Regulator

(Majandus- Ja Kommunikatsiooniministeerium) – MKM


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    Finland Regulator

    (Finanssivalvonta) – FINFSA



    France Regulator

    (Autorité des marchés financiers) – AMF



    Germany Regulator

    (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht) – BaFin



    Gibraltar Regulator

    (Gibraltar Financial Services Commission) – CMC



    Greece Regulator

    Capital Markets Commission (Επιτροπή Κεφαλαιαγοράς) – CMC



    Hungary Regulator

    Central Bank of Hungary (Magyar Nemzeti Bank) – MNB



    Ireland Regulator

    Central Bank of Ireland (Banc Ceannais na hÉireann) – CONSOB



    Italy Regulator

    Financial Market Authority (Commissione nazionale per le società e la borsa) – CONSOB



    Latvia Regulator

    Financial and Capital Market Commission (Finanšu un kapitāla tirgus komisija) – FCMC



    Lithuania Regulator

    Lithuanian
    Securities Commission (Lietuvos vertybinių popierių komisija) – LSC



    Luxembourg Regulator

    Financial
    Sector Supervisory Commission (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier) – CSSF



    Malta Regulator

    Malta Financial Services Authority (Awtorità tas-Servizzi Finanzjarji ta’Malta) – MFSA



    Netherlands Regulator

    Financial
    Markets Authority (Autoriteit Financiële Markten) – AFM



    Norway Regulator

    The Financial Supervisory Authority Of Norway (Finanstilsynet) – NFSA



    Poland Regulator

    Polish
    Financial Supervision Authority (Komisja Nadzoru Finansowego) – FMA


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      Portugal Regulator

      Portuguese
      Securities Market Commission (COMISSÃO DO MERCADO DE VALORES MOBILIÁRIOS) – CMVM



      Romania Regulator

      Romanian
      National Securities Commission (Comisia Națională a Valorilor Mobiliare) – CNVMR


      Russia Regulator

      Spanish Securities Market Commission (Comisia Națională a Valorilor
      Mobiliare
      ) – FMRRC


      Spain Regulator

      Spanish Securities Market Commission (Comisión del Mercado de
      Valores
      ) – CNMV



      Sweden Regulator

      Financial Market Authority (Finansinspektionen) – FSA



      Switzerland Regulator

      Financial
      Market Supervisory Authority (Finanzmarktaufsicht) – FINMA



      Ukraine Regulator

      National Securities and Stock Market (Національна комісія з цінних паперів та фондового ринку) – NSSMC



      UK Regulator

      Financial
      Market Authority (The Financial Conduct Authority) – FCA


       



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