Blockchain use in Europe: EU Commission presents comprehensive analysis

The EU Commission’s observatory and forum for blockchain technology has presented a comprehensive report on the use of blockchain in its member states.

The Center and the Forum for Block chain technology of the EU commission has made a comprehensive report to the block chain use its Member States on 3 December published .

The report with the name “EU Blockchain Ecosystem Developments” describes on 200 pages in fact sheets for individual EU member states the respective use of blockchain technology. This differentiated view is important in view of the widely varying development status and differences in laws and regulations .

After a general inventory for the respective country, the report is devoted in separate sections to the topics of blockchain adaptation in individual areas, the national startup scene and the respective blockchain community.

Each country factsheet is rounded off by a list of the most important blockchain startups and an assessment by two country experts.

The situation in the DACH region

The report confirms that Germany has a “very active blockchain ecosystem of companies and enthusiasts, especially in the city of Berlin”. There are also hundreds of nationally active companies, university degrees and training programs related to blockchain, as well as academic commitment to research and technology development.

Particular emphasis is placed on the blockchain strategy adopted by the federal government in 2019 , which will help Germany take on a leading role in the future when it comes to blockchain.

In comparison, Austria has chosen a “laissez fair” approach, the report says. There they limit themselves to „monitoring developments in the area of decentralized finance and issuing warnings to investors if necessary“. There is no specific legislation for crypto assets and existing regulations are applied to blockchain innovations. As part of the public-private partnership model, the Austrian Blockchain Center is also actively promoting the use and further development of blockchain technology.

Switzerland , which is also analyzed in the report, is described by the authors as Europe’s most mature blockchain ecosystem and a global hotspot, with particular importance for Zug, which is advertised as the Crypto Valley.

In this regard, actors based in Switzerland such as the Ethereum Foundation , Dfinity, Polkadot , Bitmain , Tezos , Cardano , Cosmos and the Libra Foundation are named . The outlook remains positive in view of the expected regulatory measures and the generally low tax level.

EU Commission strives for uniform regulation

As the proposals submitted by the EU Commission in September to regulate the crypto sector show, this blockchain technology and especially crypto currencies are taking very seriously. The present report by the Observatory is a comprehensive inventory that allows legislators, politicians and market participants to get a comprehensive overview.