Watch LIVE: Lithuania becomes a global gateway to the EU for the blockchain industry

Eastern Europe has a strong and growing fin-tech sector, so it is no surprise to see them developing a leadership role in the blockchain sector.


Lithuania will host Europe’s first international Blockchain Centre in Vilnius.  The centre will open its doors in the capital of Lithuania, on Sat., Jan. 27 and will connect with partner Blockchain Centres in Australia and Asia.

During the launch of Blockchain Centre Vilnius, hundreds of blockchain experts from Australia, China, Canada, UK, Belgium, Denmark, Georgia, Gibraltar, Ukraine, Israel and Latvia will talk about the future of blockchain by presenting practical examples of blockchain technology application.

Antanas Guoga

The global event will host representatives from the European Commission, the European Central Bank, the Lithuanian Government, and world-renowned companies including NASDAQ, NEM, Pillar Project, Qadre. The objective is discussing the future of blockchain in Europe and beyond at the highest level for governments and businesses. Blockchain enthusiasts from around the globe are invited to join the debates online and follow the presentations via live streaming.

The founder of Blockchain Centre Vilnius and member of European Parliament, Antanas Guoga (better known as Tony G in the blockchain industry) said: “Digital economy is a great catch for small countries like Lithuania. Technology and innovations are beneficial for talent situated in young economies. Lithuania is stepping up by offering a globally-represented blockchain hub within an enabling regulatory environment.  We are uniting an impressive team of investors, blockchain experts and mentors.  Our centre is home to both well-developed and fast-growing blockchain projects with the ambition to expand to and from Europe, and the rest of the world.”

Virginijus Sinkevičius, the minister of economy of the Republic of Lithuania and keynote speaker stated: “Blockchain technology is most often associated with innovation in the financial and engineering sectors, but it is important to realize the system has a much wider range of applications, both in business and in public administration.  Therefore, the emergence of this centre will help Lithuania strengthen its rather new global competence and develop innovative products that can become not only a successful export product, but also the country’s representative card. There is growing recognition in Europe that Lithuania has gained an edge in financial and digital innovation.“

During the opening ceremony of the launch event Minister Sinkevicius will witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding with residents and partners of the centre, including partners Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists; Kaunas Technology University; Price Waterhouse Cooper; and residents Pillar Project (UK); Foundation (Singapore); GCAC (Canada); (Lithuania); and other companies and institutions.

All debates and presentations will be live streamed on Sat., Jan. 27 via Delfi TV or Facebook.

Vilnius time zone: from 2.00 p.m. till 5.45 p.m., Melbourne time zone: from 11.00 p.m. till 2.45 a.m., Shanghai time zone: from 8.00 p.m. till 11.45 p.m.

About the global event on blockchain’s future

Challenges surrounding blockchain technology will be addressed during the debates and presentations during the Blockchain Centre Vilnius launch event.  Topics include:

  • In what ways can blockchain technology address the imminent challenges in public administration processes to create trust between European citizens and their traditional institutions?
  • What will the next ‘breakthrough’ be in the coming year (outside crypto) that requires close attention from regulators?
  • What else needs to be done at the governmental level to help start-ups and innovators access risk capital in a stable and sustainable manner?
  • How can we solve business and cost optimization problems by utilising blockchain?
  • How does blockchain help with solving trust and security problems?
  • What steps should we take for blockchain to become a mainstream technology and affordable for business?

Speakers include:

  • Pierre Marro – team leader of fin-tech, blockchain, and access to finance from the European Commission;
  • From DG Connect; Dirk Bullmann, financial coordinator and advisor to the director general of the European Central Bank;
  • Antanas Guoga, member of European Parliament and founder of Blockchain Centre Vilnius;
  • Virginijus Sinkevičius, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania;
  • Martin Davidson, global director and CEO of Blockchain Centre Melbourne;
  • Tomer Sofinson, co-founder of 20|30 & Pillar Project;
  • Lon Wong, president of the Foundation;
  • Siân Jones, founder of European Digital Currency and Blockchain Technology Forum;
  • Arminta Saladžienė, Nasdaq vice president and head of security services;
  • Sonic Zhang, founder of Value Net Capital;
  • Layla Dong, foundation board member at the WEF Global Shapers Community; and
  • Ashley Kemball Cook, business development lead at Qadre.