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Autonomy and blockchain go hand in glove in Aragon

Aragon has shown considerable interest in Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) over the past year and is the first autonomous community in Spain to become a member of the Alastria group.

The Minister of Finance and Public Administration of Aragon, Fernando Gimeno, signed a collaboration agreement with Alastria. The agreement aims to bring technological advancement to public administration using DLT.

For Gimeno, blockchain technology “is associated with cryptocurrencies, but is something that goes beyond.” Gimeno views blockchain as a “technology of the future” and believes it to be fundamental for public administration in Aragon.

Gimeno confirmed that civil servants are already being educated about DLT. In fact, in December, the Aragonese government promoted training sessions for its workers. The main area of research was that of public contracts.

Via its agreement with Alastria, the Government of Aragon will also investigate the applications of the blockchain in education, health, voting, digital identity, and administrative records. The Instituto de Tecnología de Aragón (ITAINNOVA) and the University of Zaragoza are also part of this agreement. In its capacity, the ITAINNOVA plans to create a Technology Laboratory to research the applications of blockchain with the Internet of Things (IoT).

Aragon shows long-standing interest in blockchain for the long-term

Aragon’s government has progressed the adoption of blockchain technology since 2017. Authorities presented a proof of concept in February this year. This system is designed to facilitate the registration of bids for public tenders, using the open source technology. In April, a political party proposed the creation of its own cryptocurrency to position Aragon as a leader in the adoption of blockchain technology.

Alastria, for its part, is a very important consortium in Europe. Headquartered in Spain, Alastria specializes in multi-sector blockchain development and currently consists of 274 entities. In March, the General Secretariat of the Spanish Treasury and Financial Policy also signed an agreement with this group. Its agreements objective is to promote the safe and regulated adoption of blockchain technology.