Blockchain technologies can reinforce voting systems, Sefcovic says

By |oktober 19th, 2018|blockchain, Blockwalks, election hacking, electronic voting, EU elections 2019, News, voting machines|

EU Energy Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič has hailed the future of blockchain technologies across the continent, citing the importance they may have in future elections, as cybersecurity experts warn about the vulnerability of the current digital voting systems.

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Europe should lead in greening digitalisation and AI

By |september 24th, 2018|artificial intelligence, blockchain, digital economy, green economy, Greening ICT, News, sustainable consumption and production|

Greenhouse gas emissions linked to digitalisation are rapidly increasing, despite efforts by tech groups to get more of their energy from renewables. The negative environmental effects need to be addressed more clearly than today, argues Mats Engström.

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Europe moves towards a common approach to regulate cryptoassets

By |september 5th, 2018|Bitcoin, blockchain, crypto-currency, cryptoassets, cryptocurrency, Ecofin, FinTech, News|

European decision-makers and regulators are progressing towards an EU approach for dealing with cryptoassets, digital assets that use cryptography such as Bitcoin and represent a booming market still viewed with concern by financial supervisors.

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Commission holds its fire against Bitcoin and Co.

By |februar 26th, 2018|American Express, blockchain, crypto-currency, European Parliament, FinTech, News, PSDII|

The European Commission is still hesitant to regulate cryptocurrencies, despite a warning issued by European regulators and bans imposed in other regions following the rising market volatility of digital currencies.

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Rethinking urban energy: How Europe is leading the way

By |februar 6th, 2018|blockchain, energy distribution, Internet of Things, News, Smart cities, smart homes, Smart meters|

To achieve ambitious climate goals in line with the Paris Agreement, cities will need to implement major changes to their energy systems by 2030. The good news is that the transformation in the energy sector is making such ambitious programmes much mor...

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Benifei: Embed blockchain in copyright reform

By |november 28th, 2017|blockchain, censorship, copyright reform, digital innovation, European Innovation Summit, EUTop50, Innovation, News, traceability|

Blockchain technology can provide a win-win-win between the fight against censorship, verified traceability of digital artworks, and a fair remuneration for its creators. The copyright reform debate is a good opportunity to embed blockchain and create a better regulatory framework, argues Brando Benifei.

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Notaries turn blockchain into ally for digital transactions

By |oktober 4th, 2017|blockchain, FinTech, land registry, News, notaries|

Once feared as a technology that would make legal practitioners redundant, blockchain has now actually strengthened the role of notaries as interpreters of complex transactions, best illustrated by the convoluted issue of land registries.

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Commission wants bigger role for regulators in sustainable finance development

By |september 21st, 2017|blockchain, European Supervisory Authorities, FinTech, Green finance, News, sustainable finance|

The European Commission has proposed giving the European Supervisory Authorities broader powers to determine what represents environmental, social and governance investment and to monitor banks’ activities in this field.

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Could a blockchain-based electricity network change the energy market?

By |julij 13th, 2017|blockchain, data protection, Electricity Market Directive, energy distribution, GDPR, News, power grids|

Blockchain-enabled energy trading could help lower carbon emissions but efficiency and privacy issues must first be overcome, EURACTIV's media partner The Guardian reports.

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The EU’s FinTech strategy: Can Europe compete globally?

By |junij 28th, 2017|Aviva, blockchain, Financial Stability Board, FinTech, Innovation, News, start-ups|

2017 will be a pivotal year for FinTech. The European Commission recently published a consultation and the European Parliament voted on its own initiative report in May. Both initiatives will input into an EU FinTech strategy expected by the end of the...

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