• Frances Fitzgerald

Webinar recording: Harnessing the benefits of Blockchain for Ireland and Europe

Harnessing the benefits of Blockchain for Ireland and Europe


On Thursday 27th May 2021, I hosted an event entitled 'Harnessing the benefits of Blockchain for Ireland and Europe'. This seminar provided an opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Blockchain in the time ahead. I chaired this event organised in conjunction with EPLO Ireland


The panel, speaking to over 200 virtual participants consisted of:

  • Minister Paschal Donohoe TD - Minister for Finance and President of the Eurogroup

  • Pēteris Zilgalvis - European Commission, Head of Unit for Digital Innovation and Blockchain in DG CONNECT and Co-Chair of the European Commission FinTech Task Force

  • Elaine Coughlan - Co-founder, Atlantic Bridge

  • Sakhib Waseem - Chief Innovation Officer, The Proof of Trust

  • David Wachsman - Founder of Wachsman Consultancy

  • Mai Santamaria - Dept. of Finance and BlockW

The past few years has seen a huge surge of interest in blockchain technologies globally and here in Ireland. Blockchain technology presents a range of opportunities to provide solutions to problems across many sectors, including finance, supply-chain/logistics, healthcare and the not-for-profit / charity sector.


The EU believes that blockchain technology when properly used can provide significant benefits to European industry, the European economy, and to European society as a whole. For this reason, the European Commission is supporting blockchain on the policy, legal and regulatory, and funding fronts.


Click on the video below to watch a recording of the webinar in full.




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