Germany’s money-hemorrhaging effort to build a sleek new airport for Berlin might have convinced one political party that a blockchain for megaproject transparency was in order, but on Thursday the center-right Free Democrats (FDP) proved unable to persuade anyone else.
- FDP’s call for a blockchain to hold “major state projects” accountable fell on deaf ears in the Bundestag after it failed to receive backing from even one other parliamentary group.
- If passed, the proposal would have urged the German government to host big-euro projects on an open blockchain. Citizens could then view audit trails and provide feedback with ease, the bill read.
- Such a tool could salvage the public's confidence in the wake of the Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) fiasco, FDP pointed out.
- “Citizens’ trust in the control abilities and competence of government contractors suffered enormously because of these and other failures" FDP argued.
- "The medium-term goal must be to make tax-financed large-scale projects more transparent for taxpayers," they said.
- FDP offered an accessible blockchain as the solution.
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