22 EU countries signed a Declaration on the establishment of a European Blockchain Partnership on April 10, 2018. This Partnership is supposed to help in cooperating, exchanging expertise and experience in technical and regulatory areas. Also its purpose is the preparation for the launch of blockchain apps for public and private sector across the Digital Single Market.
Blockchain is frequently associated with trust, safety and security. It is potentially suitable for:
- events recording
- medical records management
- identity management
- transactions processing
- voting etc.
The technology is already trusted and proven in varied domains, but mainly in financial services. And it’s going to expand for energy, logistics and regulatory reporting in the nearest future.
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, said:
“In the future, all public services will use blockchain technology. Blockchain is a great opportunity for Europe and Member States to rethink their information systems, to promote user trust and the protection of personal data, to help create new business opportunities and to establish new areas of leadership, benefiting citizens, public services and companies. The Partnership launched today enables Member States to work together with the European Commission to turn the enormous potential of blockchain technology into better services for citizens”.
List of countries signatories of the Declaration:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK.
Other EU and the European Economic Area Members are invited to join the European Blockchain Partnership.