The autonomous Spanish territory Aragon, the northeastern Spain, will be the first in the country to implement blockchain technology in its public administration. Aragon is one of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities which is designated to protect certain amount of autonomy for different nationalities and regions in the country.
The counsellor of Finance and Public Administration in Aragon, Fernando Gimeno, has agreed on a contract with Alastria, a blockchain ecosystem which can design blockchain-based tools in accordance with Spanish and E.U. legal framework with more than 274 companies and insitutitions. Consequently, Aragon will become the first Spanish autonomous community to exercise blockchain-based services at the state level.
Gimeno emphasized the future of blockchain by stating that as soon as the system starts to work, the world will recognize ‘suddenly and strongly’ the power of blockchain technology. He believes that the blockchain system will preserve transparency and the efficiency of the administration, which are attractive to business and investment. Gimeno also added that employees of the regional administration are already being educated to use the technology.
Catalonia has showed some interest in the new movement. The Autonomy’s Department of Digital Policies considered to develop a strategy for integrating blockchain by the end of December 2018.
As blockchain-based technologies gradually have applied in public administration internationally, the former ruling party in Spain, Partido Popular, reviewed giving tax breaks to companies who use blockchain technology. In addition to that, Spanish left wing political party, Unidos Podemos, showed the opinion that Spanish government should build a subcommittee to manage education for blockchain technology and cryptocurrency regulations.
Author: Jieun Lee