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Italy becomes part of the European Blockchain partnership, local MP confirms

Italy is about to enter the European Blockchain Partnership, according to the MP (National MP) Mirella Liuzzi, as quoted by Cointelegraph Italia on Thursday 27 September.

According to Liuzzi, the partnership – a collaboration of 26 EU countries – will be signed by the Minister of Economic Development, Labor and Social Policy Luigi Di Maio on 28 September in Brussels. In an interview with Key4biz, Liuzzi added:

"The adhesion to the partnership will allow Italy […] define your own line in the development of [blockchain] technology – a practice that the previous government had never implemented ".

Luizzi, a member of the five-star movement, also said that the government will soon recruit blockchain experts to develop a national strategy for the encrypted sector.

The European Blockchain partnership was created in April 2018 to serve as a vehicle for cooperation between EU member states. First achieved by 22 countries, the organization was extended to 26, while Greece, Romania, Denmark and Cyprus joined the group.

As reported by Cointelegraph in June, the southern city of Naples had launched a focus group supported by the local mayor to promote the blockchain and a possible initial offer of coins (ICO). Subsequently, the southern region, continually trying to expand its autonomy, announced that it was willing to launch its cryptocurrency.

Reportedly, Italy is trying to apply cryptographic technologies on a larger scale. For example, Juventus – one of the country's most famous football clubs – is planning to launch its "token fan" in collaboration with the fan-based fan engagement platform Socios.com.

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