Members of the Spanish parliament saw in their mailbox a surprise equivalent to 1 euro in cryptocurrency.
According to the Spanish news agency ABC, the plan is led by Tutellus, a decentralized platform focusing on programming programming technologies and the Blockchain Observatory. The project aims to increase the use of cryptocurrencies in the country.
All 350 members of the Spanish House of Representatives or House of Representatives received the equivalent of 1 euro in cryptocurrency in their emails. Miguel Caballero, founder of Totelos, said the goal is to raise awareness of the future role of cryptocurrencies in society:
“We have made it clear to your esteemed members that we live in a time of profound change in the use of money, and we have also highlighted the important role digital currencies play today.”
Caballero said the cryptocurrency “is not a donation” and acknowledged that some members of Congress may be more familiar with cryptocurrencies. But for those who have no experience with cryptocurrency yet, Caballero said, this is an opportunity to learn more.
Spain is not the first country to send cryptocurrencies to legislators. In early October, the Digital House Political Action Committee (PAC) sent $ 50 bitcoin to all 541 members of Congress, according to Decrypt.
In recent years, Spanish banks have been more interested in cryptocurrencies and blockchains. Santander partnered with Ripple to create a blockchain-based payment platform, while Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) launched a study to examine awareness of zero knowledge and other cryptographic technologies.
The European Central Bank also announced that it will review the digital euro by 2021 and released a report describing its potential impact on the retail market.