Gallery: Italian Lawmakers Meet with Bitcoin Believers in Fact-Finding Session
Representatives from Italy's political, academic and banking sectors came together on 11th June to discuss bitcoin technology.
Italian bitcoin enthusiasts gathered at the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Italian parliament, in Rome on Wednesday with the aim of informing Italian lawmakers about the economic benefits of bitcoin.
Coin Capital told CoinDesk that the first two hours saw its partners Sebastiano Scròfina and Guido Baroncini, University of Rome 'Tor Vergata' telecommunications professor Francesco Vatalaro and investment bank Banca IMI's Ferdinando Ametrano introducing block chain technology and its monetary applications.
At the event, Bit-Wallet also unveiled the country's first domestically produced bitcoin ATM.
Turricchia characterized the remainder of the day's events, stating:
The events come in the wake of the Central Bank of Italy's May warning that domestic investors should avoid buying, investing in or using bitcoin as a currency due to price volatility and the lack of consumer protection laws to protect consumers.
A second, non-affiliated event, organized by digital payment advocacy group CashlessWay, is set to take place on 26th June. Speakers will include bitcoin banking provider Robocoin CEO Jordan Kelly and parliament member Sergio Boccadutri, who presented a proposal for regulating bitcoin under existing Italian law in January.
Robocoin indicated it is looking forward to the event as a way to help educate an influential government about the nascent technology, stating:
For more information on the 11th June event, visit Coin Capital's website.
Photos by G. Baroncini Turricchia
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