In the three months since the Libra announcement, the project has faced intense criticism. In a recent comment to Decrypt, Libra communications chief Dante Disparte said Libra had become “the world’s most scrutinized fintech effort.”

The response from U.S. lawmakers has been split, with Libra’s most outspoken critics calling for an immediate and indefinite halt. Overseas, Markus Ferber, a member of the German parliament, called Libra a “shadow bank” and warned that regulators should be on high alert.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has been a staunch opponent of Libra since its announcement. Just this week, he said that France could not permit the launch of Facebook’s cryptocurrency in Europe because the “monetary sovereignty of states is at stake.”

Despite the backlash and reports that Libra may never see the light of day, the project seems to be pushing ahead. On Wednesday, Swiss financial regulator FINMA confirmed that it received a request from Libra for an assessment of how they would classify the project and the issuance of a ‘stable coin’ under Swiss supervisory law. The guidelines from FINMA noted that Libra would require extra oversight from its regulators.

“Due to the issuance of Libra payment tokens, the services planned by the Libra project would clearly go beyond those of a pure payment system,” wrote FINMA in the memo.

Libra’s Dante Disparte also said that he and his team welcome the scrutiny and that they prepared for this battle, “[We] have deliberately designed a long launch runway to have these conversations, educate stakeholders and incorporate their feedback in our design.”

Executive Director of Libra, Bertrand Perez, confirmed their intention to launch in the second half of 2020 to French magazine Les Echos Friday.

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