Italy: a regulation for blockchain and smart contracts is on the way
Italy: a regulation for blockchain and smart contracts is on the way

Italy: a regulation for blockchain and smart contracts is on the way

By Amelia Tomasicchio - 24 Jan 2019

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The first green light in Italy for regulation on blockchain and smart contracts as part of the amendment to the Simplification Decree has arrived today.

The announcement was made yesterday in the Senate and the Italian legislation is aimed at “the possibility of giving legal value to a transaction that uses an electronic and distributed ledger, without the need of notaries or central certification bodies,” explains Fulvio Sarzana, one of the 30 blockchain experts selected by the MiSE, during an interview with the Italian newspaper Sole24ore.

“The regulation on smart contracts, on the other hand, gives a contract that is automatically executed by a computer program the legal value of a normal, written and signed contract, he continues.

This legislation, as an amendment to the decree, was approved yesterday by the Constitutional Affairs and Public Works Commissions of the Senate, whose first signatory was Stefano Patuanelli of the Italian political movement M5S (Movimento 5 Stelle).

To become law, the legislation on blockchain and smart contracts must now be passed to the Chamber and approved.

Subsequently, the Agency for Digital Italy will have to identify – within 90 days – the standards for the documents that will be managed using blockchain technology.

Amelia Tomasicchio

As expert in digital marketing, Amelia began working in the fintech sector in 2014 after writing her thesis on Bitcoin technology. Previously author for several international crypto-related magazines and CMO at Eidoo. She is now the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Cryptonomist, and also PR manager for the Italian market at Bitget. She is also a marketing teacher at Digital Coach in Milan and she published a book about NFTs for the Italian publishing house Mondadori, while she is also helping artists and company to entering in the sector. As advisor, Amelia is also involved in metaverse-related project such as The Nemesis and OVER.

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