The government of the autonomous community of Catalonia will inject three million euros to carry out pilot tests with blockchain in a plan called “Blockchain Strategy”, with which it seeks to transform operational and administrative processes in seven areas.
The Spanish locality will develop, for three years, applications to promote transparency and improve information control in seven fields, such as health, garbage collection, and digital identity, among others.
The project also aims to track the habits of citizens, at least considered by Daniel Marco, Director General of Innovation and Digital Economy of the Generalitat. The official values the potential of blockchain in public administration as it is a “cheap and secure tool, which is stored on the Internet”.
As an example, Marco cited the case of the Waste Agency of Catalonia, which is recording history in the blockchain about what happens to landfills or transport. “We can motivate people to recycle more. Blockchain technology enables gamification (game mechanics). A compensation model could also be established for those who do well,” Marco added quoted by the El País newspaper.
The local government has already established a “testing lab” and a blockchain training scheme, aimed at training local administration staff. However, it is not yet clear what type of blockchain the government will use, whether it is public networks such as Bitcoin or Ethereum, for example, or whether it is a private platform designed and implemented by the Generalitat.
Last June it was reported that seven public services in Catalonia would work with blockchain. This after the approval of the incorporation of this technology, related to cryptocurrencies, into planning and development in government operations.
At that time the list of fields to be applied blockchain was established in identification system, consent registration, improvement of waste management, support in organ transplantation, enabling the right to donate historical data support for the energy transition by promoting photovoltaic self-consumption and establishing a safe channel between Parliament and the Generalitat de Catalunya.
It should be mentioned that Catalonia is one of the Spanish regions that has promoted the adoption of blockchain the most. The government also launched a project in 2018 to commercialize solar energy on Ethereum, as well as the development of a register of enterprise residences on the blockchain.
The region even has its own cryptocurrency, the Croat, a project that, according to its creators, was born “from the need to offer a virtual currency to the Catalan people (…), as a strong tool to accelerate the economic development of our region”.