Polish Parliament Hold First Public Consultation on Blockchain


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Organized by the office of parliamentary deputy Miroslaw Suchonia and the Polish Association of Bitcoin a public consultation  took place in the Polish parliament called “Pieniądz cyfrowy i technologie rozproszonych rejestrów – teraźniejszość i wyzwania”  or “Money and digital Technologies, Distributed Registries – Present Challenges”.

According to other reports, the Government in Poland is enthusiastic about cryptocurrencies and more such debates are expected to follow this first ever government – cryptocurrency interaction. As expected, one of the main topics of the debate revolved around the legislative issues surrounding the creation and use of cryptocurrencies. It was accepted that regulations are necessary to protect the investors’ interest without hindering the freedom of the community or hampering the progress of technology development.

The meeting was opened envoy Mirosław Suchoń stressing the importance of consultation:

“Such meetings have been held so far in several countries – today I am glad that Poland is nevertheless one of the first countries where such an event takes place. Bitcoin and Blockchain are the main elements of the new technology that may soon revolutionize financial markets around the world. This carries considerable challenges for the legislative branch, which is responsible for aligning the requirements of modern technology and supporting  businesses.

According to the parliamentarian Modern innovative technologies and built on the basis of start-ups should be supported by the government

“The main objective of the Polish legislators should not still be creating the same regulation, but support the development of the market which is dominated by new technologies. As a result, it would be possible to achieve a competitive advantage over other countries, and then – to increase export opportunities for the applications of these technologies instead of waiting for its development in other countries.”

The invited guests had an opportunity to hear the lectures of specialists in the field of digital currencies, Bitcoin and Blockchain  and participate in the discussion of matters cryptocurrency in Poland. Among the speakers were:

• Jacek Czarnecki – Wardyński and Partners and SGH
• Maciej Jędrzejczyk – IBM Global Services Delivery Centre Poland
• Tomasz Kibil – EY
• Dr. Krzysztof Korus – dLK Korus perch Legal Advisers sp.p.
• Filip Pawczyński – president of the Polish Association of Bitcoin
• Dr. Krzysztof Piech – Warsaw School of Economics (Department of Economic Policy), Polish Association of Bitcoin
• prof. Marian Silver – Polish Academy of Sciences (Institute of Computer Science)
• Lech Wilczynski – president InPay SA, the Polish Association of Bitcoin
• Dr. Konrad Zacharzewski – Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (Department of Civil Law and Banking).

The participants were able to learn a lot about the basics of Bitcoin and Blockchain and understand the barriers to market development in the cryptocurrency arena that are faced by entrepreneurs. 


About Richard Kastelein

Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of industry leading online publication, Blockchain News and co-founder and director at Blockchain Partners in London/Amsterdam/NYC. Kastelein is also an advisor with a number Blockchain startups doing ICOs including Humaniq.co where hs is interim CMO, DECENT.ch, Inchain, Chronobank, eGaas and others. He is regarded as one of the top journalists by the Blockchain and fintech communities – as is evident by his entry in the Top 150 Fintech journalists online and in the top 10 of the Blockchain Top 100 List.

As a prominent keynote presenter, he has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Amsterdam, Minsk, Dubai, Antwerp, Eindhoven, Bucharest, Nairobi, Tel Aviv, Manchester, Brussels, Barcelona etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency and, consequently, has built a notable network in the scene.

He’s also a director of a Dutch foundation called The Hackitarians and has run innovation events in London, San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam and other cities around the world on topics such Blockchain, Health, Energy, Internet of Things, AI etc.

In 2013, the European Commission appointed him as an expert for overseeing financing for emerging startups as a part of the European Commission’s 90 billion euro Horizon 2020 project, created in Brussels to promote innovation as a driving force of job creation and business ventures across Europe. He has also worked as an external expert for Innovate UK since 2012, judging startups for the UK government.

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