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ECB Maintains Critical Stance Amid Bitcoin Spot ETF Approvals In The US

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Amidst the recent surge in Bitcoin’s (BTC) price and the approval of spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), European Central Bank (ECB) officials remain steadfast in their skepticism towards the cryptocurrency. 

ECB advisors, including Ulrich Bindseil and Jürgen Schaaf, have reiterated their longstanding critique of Bitcoin, asserting that its fair value remains “still zero” despite recent developments.

ETF Approval Doesn’t Change ECB’s View

Some view the approval of Bitcoin spot ETFs as validation of its safety and success, but ECB officials liken it to “the naked emperor’s new clothes.” In their official blog post, they maintain that the approval does not address Bitcoin’s fundamental flaws, including its inadequacy as a payment method. Instead, they caution against potential “massive” collateral damage from the cryptocurrency’s volatile cycles, highlighting environmental and wealth distribution concerns.

Bitcoin’s main criticisms revolve around its inefficient transaction system, restricted real-world utility beyond illicit activities, and notable environmental footprint caused by proof-of-work mining. Although efforts like those witnessed in El Salvador to achieve legal recognition exist, the ECB remains doubtful about Bitcoin’s actual usefulness.

Unsuitable As Investment

Furthermore, ECB advisors emphasize Bitcoin’s unsuitability as an investment, highlighting its lack of cash flow generation, inability to be used productively like commodities, and absence of social benefit. They caution against the influence of fear of missing out (FOMO) on less knowledgeable investors, potentially leading to financial losses in speculative markets.


In light of the recent surge in Bitcoin prices, driven by anticipation of shifts in interest rate policies and the introduction of spot Bitcoin ETFs, ECB officials maintain caution regarding market dynamics and assorted indicators. Their continued skepticism regarding the sustainability of Bitcoin over the long term mirrors a wider institutional position on decentralized cryptocurrencies.

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