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欧盟2018年预算修订案提出百万欧元区块链拨款计划

上周,欧盟公布了2018年预算对区块链项目的拨款计划。除一项利用区块链构建欧盟地区免费WiFi支付渠道的项目外,还有两个区块链研究团队的提案成功入选。

事实上,有两个区块链修正案都与“WiFi4EU”计划有关,分别来自社会民主进歩同盟政党以及欧盟工业、研究和能源委员会。前者申请向该项目拨款1000万欧元,而后者仅仅提议拨款100万欧元。

据了解,这两项修正案的目标是测试“区块链技术对欧盟机构和公民之间互动的可行性和有用性。”

该预算文件继续解释说:

“项目首先计划使用区块链技术为WiFi4EU项目的凭证计划打下基础,实现欧盟向私人企业拨款资金的透明和可跟踪支付,并安装WiFi4EU基础设施。它还将为公民提供工具来检查登记在区块链账本上的交易,同时也将依靠开源软件并寻求与欧盟成员国合作提供区块链服务(也就是Govchains,“政府链”)。”

WiFi4EU项目最初于今年5月份公开,预算高达1.2亿欧元,旨在未来3年在欧盟区提供免费网络连接服务。

2018年预算还包括一项使用分布式账本技术(DLT)协助欧盟人道主义工作的提案,该提案旨在帮助那些“移民和流离失所群体”救助企业和团体。Coindesk此前也曾对此进行过报道。能够帮助欧盟完成这项计划的分布式账簿平台将获得100万欧元的资金支持。

此外,分布式账本技术横向工作组(HTFDLT)也将获得100万欧元投资。这笔资金将用于提高欧盟议会DLT应用高效性方面的研究。该工作组最初于2015年宣布成立,最初成立是为了观察区块链技术和DLT的发展。

As many as four blockchain-related amendments, funding various initiatives, could find their way into the European Union's 2018 budget.

Public documents published yesterday reveal a proposal to use blockchain as a payments rail for an EU-wide free Wi-Fi access project, as well as funding proposals for two working groups dedicated to the tech.

There are actually two amendments related to the idea of using blockchain as part of the "WiFi4EU", including one from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats political party as well as the Parliamentary Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. The party has proposed allotting €10 million euros to the initiative, whereas the committee has proposed just €1 million euros.

The aim, according to the amendments, is to test "the feasibility and demonstrate the usefulness of using blockchain technology in the interaction between the EU Institutions and the citizens."

The budget document goes on to explain:

"As a starting point, the project will aim at underpinning the voucher scheme of the Wifi4EU project with blockchain technology, allowing for transparent and traceable payment of EU funds to the private companies, which install the Wifi4EU infrastructure. It will also provide the citizens with the tools to examine the transactions registered in the ledger. It will rely on Open Source software and seek collaboration with Member States for providing blockchain services (also known as Govchains)."

WiFi4EU was first unveiled in May with a budget of €120 million euros, with a goal to offer free connectivity across the bloc over the next three years.

The 2018 budget also includes a proposal to use DLTs as part of humanitarian efforts by the EU to help companies and groups which aid "migrants [and] displaced groups," among others. CoinDesk previously reported on efforts within the European Parliament to advance this use case.

The €1 million euro investment will also go in part towards companies developing DLT platforms which can aid the union in this effort.

An additonal €1 million euros will go toward the Horizontal Task Force on Distributed Ledger Technology, which aims to analyze how the parliament can effectively utilize DLTs applications. The task force was first announced in 2015, and was originally formed to watch the development of blockchain and DLT platforms.


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