Denmark is the latest country to support pan-European Union (EU) blockchain standards, joining a partnership formed in April with the intention of enhancing cooperation among member states for developing blockchain technology.
A total 24 EU member states are now part of the European Blockchain Partnership, which was announced at the European Commission’s Digital Day 2018 Summit in April this year, as a way to promote cooperation and the exchange of experience in the development of blockchain technology on the continent.
Having signed the declaration, Denmark’s minister for industry, business and financial affairs, Brian Mikkelsen has announced the state’s plans to be “the first country in the world” to employ blockchain technology to register ships, while the Danish government’s own ‘Disruption Council’ is weighing up blockchain’s use in business.
“Blockchain goes across borders, and a joint European cooperation is crucial to ensure future-proof standards and solutions. So I’m very pleased that we have now signed this declaration,” Mikkelsen commented.
When launched two months ago, the Commission’s aims for the partnership were to prepare for the launch of EU-wide blockchain applications in the digital single market – across both the public and private sectors. On its launch, Mariya Gabriel, the commissioner for digital economy and society at the European Commission, stated, “In the future, all public services will use blockchain technology.
“Blockchain is a great opportunity for Europe and member states to rethink their information systems, to promote user trust and the protection of personal data, to help create new business opportunities and to establish new areas of leadership, benefiting citizens, public services and companies,” Gabriel said.
She added that the partnership launched today enables members states to work together with the commission “to turn the enormous potential of blockchain technology into better services for citizens”.