Cut intermediation costs for small firms, empower citizens and enable the EU to become a global leader in this field: blockchain is not just about cryptocurrencies.
For instance, citizens could use blockchains to gain full control of their own data and decide what to share, and small firms and innovative start-ups could use them to cut intermediation costs and ensure that transactions are executed efficiently.
So, to become a global leader in this field, European Parliament’s Industry Committee approved recommendations on how to apply the blockchain model elsewhere.
Main aim of the Industry Committee MEPs is to call on the EU Commission to propose a regulatory approach designed to promote different uses of blockchains and other Distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) that is innovation-friendly and technology neutral.
To ensure the sector is competitive, MEPs also ask for the post-2020 EU long-term budget (Multiannual Financial Framework – MFF, currently under negotiation) to include funding for blockchain-based research and projects.
Rapporteur Eva Kaili (S&D, EL) said:
The Industry Committee voted univocally in favour of a forward-looking technology that we expect to change the quality of our life, empower SMEs and improve business models in most industrial sectors. Blockchain is a cutting-edge technology and we aspire to make EU the global leader in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.