According to a 2018 Fintech Action Plan released on Thursday, the European Commission – the executive arm of the European Union – plans to form a new Fintech Lab in the second quarter in 2018.
The new initiative will see participants from EU-level and national authorities, as well as technology providers in Europe, seek to raise the “regulatory and supervisory capacity and knowledge” around new technologies, including blockchain.
“Technologies like blockchain can be game changers for financial services and beyond. We need to build an enabling framework to let innovation flourish, while managing risks and protecting consumers,” Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, said in a statement.
The report identified areas of possible development, including legal clarifications around smart contracts, initial coin offerings, and other jurisdictional issues raised by the tech…