Aragon in Spain becomes country’s first to apply blockchain for public services
This ever-growing chain is getting stronger with each passing day and the latest one to join the blockchain bandwagon is the autonomous community of Aragon in the northeastern part of Spain. This will make Aragon the first in the country to adopt and apply blockchain technology for public administration, as reported by Europa Press on Monday.
The Minister of Finance and Public Administration of the Government of Aragon, Fernando Gimeno, stressed the fact that blockchain is a technology for the future and “is very important, of such transformative capacity” that when you look back in time “we will realize suddenly and hard” the transformation that favors the use of this technology.
Aragona is one of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities, which were created in accordance with the constitution in 1978 to provide greater autonomy for regions in this highly decentralized state.
Counsellor Gimeno has signed a contract with Alastria-a blockchain ecosystem of more than 274 entities, which include public companies, public administration departments, and educational institutions which have been working on developing blockchain-based tools in accordance with Spanish and EU legal frameworks.
Exploring the virtues of blockchain
The Aragonese counselor stressed the fact that this innovative technology will improve transparency and increase accountability, thus leading to improved efficiency of the administration. He further added that employees of the regional administration are already being trained to work with the technology in order to get acquainted with its “enormous potential.”
This initiative by the Aragonese autonomous community has already started to make an impression on the neighboring states, with Catalonia also expressing its interest for these tools to assist its public administration.
According to the report, the signing of this agreement is the first of a series of activities scheduled for the next quarter, including training sessions and work sessions to identify new cases of use of this technology in the administration.
Spain is not the only country which has started to explore the virtues of this innovative technology in the field of public services. Countries all across the globe are now taking initiatives to integrate blockchain-based technologies in the mainstream.
There were signs earlier of the things to come with the former ruling party in the Spanish government, Partido Popular, considered giving tax breaks to companies that use blockchain technology.
Later in June, Spanish left-wing political coalition Unidos Podemos came up with a proposal of setting up a subcommittee responsible to study the potential of blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
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