Blockchain technology is complex, controversial and fast-moving, but is of increasing interest to citizens, businesses, supervisors and legislators across the European Union. That is why the European Commission (DG CONNECT) and the European Parliament (STOA) invite you to the first joint event on Blockchain.

Poster of the event with date and place

Blockchain technology is a remarkably transparent and decentralised way of validating, sharing and accessing information or value by way of more democratic mechanisms.

For some "Blockchain" is considered to be a major political innovation. For others it is more a neutral technology or infrastructure that enables safe exchanges of information and values between actors having varying/various interests. Things like money, stocks and bonds, loyalty points, intellectual property, precious commodities like artworks or even identity, can be sent across the globe, safely, (almost) instantly and without the need for a middle man/intermediary.

Even if blockchain technology is not the solution for every problem, is not always as decentralised as we might think, and will probably not lead to a full scale revolution, it does appear likely that it will live up to at least some of its hype and could have a substantial impact in many areas of our lives. We should prepare for the challenges and opportunities it presents as Blockchain potential impact on Society is still under discussion. Furthermore, interaction of blockchains with existing legal and regulatory frameworks offers some food for thought to legal experts and decision-makers.

These challenges and some of Blockchain applications will be discussed during the event that includes an introductory keynote followed by two panel discussions.

The first, introduced and moderated by Jakob von WEIZSÄCKER, MEP, will focus upon Blockchain for Financial Services. 

The second panel, introduced and moderated by Eva KAILI, MEP and STOA Chair, will look beyond financial applications to consider A New Generation of Blockchain-Based Services.

As you can see in the program, the workshop will include opportunities for discussion both within each panel and at the networking lunch.

Registration for the workshop is not possible anymore but you are invited to follow the discussion on 11 May 2017. First web streaming will be available from 9 to 11.30 and second web streaming from 12.15 to 14.05.

During the workshop, you'll have the opportunity to make your voice heard via using code 45 22 04.

European Commission & European Parliament