Polish Parliament Holds Public Consultation on Cryptocurrency

The Polish Parliament has held the country's first public consultation meeting devoted solely to digital currency and blockchain technology issues.

AccessTimeIconOct 13, 2016 at 12:25 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 11, 2021 at 12:33 p.m. UTC

The Sejm – the lower chamber of the Polish Parliament – has held the country's first public consultation devoted solely to digital currency and blockchain tech.

Organized by the Polish Bitcoin Association (along with MP Mirosław Suchoń and the government's "From Paper to Digital Poland" program), the event attracted about 70 people, including academics, public officials, industry representatives, legal experts and economists earlier this month.

Part of an ongoing effort to drive Poland's engagement with digital currency and blockchain technology, the event provided evidence domestic agencies are increasingly interested in the technology.

Alongside the event, a working paper was released that called for the Ministry of Finance to issue an interpretation on cryptocurrency taxation (for example, deciding whether to align with the UK tax body's guidelines from March 2014) and create a regulatory sandbox for startups.

During the meeting, the National Centre for Research and Development announced that it has received a grant proposal to co-fund the creation of a Polish blockchain technology accelerator. Additionally, several presentations illustrated how blockchain-based solutions could solve problems within Polish public institutions.

The meeting took place just a few months after the Polish Ministry of Digital Affairs recognized blockchain technology's role in the digitization of public services.

Further, in June, the Polish government launched a program that aimed to "find regulatory, legal and economic solutions" that will make it possible for digital currency projects to compete in the European nation.

Video of the meeting is available at iTV Sejm and bitcoinet.pl.

Krzysztof Piech contributed reporting.

Sejm image via Fotokon / Shutterstock.com

Read more about


Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. As part of their compensation, certain CoinDesk employees, including editorial employees, may receive exposure to DCG equity in the form of stock appreciation rights, which vest over a multi-year period. CoinDesk journalists are not allowed to purchase stock outright in DCG.


CoinDesk - Unknown
DeFi Troubles in a Bear Market

Notional Finance CEO Teddy Woodward discusses the current crisis facing many DeFi lending and borrowing protocols.

CoinDesk - Unknown
CoinDesk - Unknown
Bitmark Raises $5.6M, Launches Interoperable NFT Wallet

The wallet, named “Autonomy,” is looking to bridge the gap between mainstream art collectors and the world of NFTs.

CoinDesk - Unknown
CoinDesk - Unknown
Solana-Based Chingari Tokens Plunge 87%, Developers Flag Big Sell Order

The team denies rumors of an exploit or insider trading.

CoinDesk - Unknown
CoinDesk - Unknown
Belgium Regulator Ponders Crypto as a Security

The EU’s landmark crypto law won’t take effect for a couple of years, but existing stock-trading rules may still apply, financial regulator FSMA says.

CoinDesk - Unknown