The future of public services powered by blockchain


May 12, 2022
Slaveykov hall, French Institute of Bulgaria, 3 Slaveykov square, Sofia

Blockchain is the new infrastructure and enabler for more transparent, efficient, and accountable public administration. Decentralised technologies will empower the creation of human-centric solutions that foster civic participation and digital sovereignty.

Blockchain is fundamentally changing the way people and public administration share information and trust each other.


Florence Robine

Ambassador of France

Eva Maydell

Member of the European Parliament

Bozhidar Bozhanov

Minister of Electronic Governance

Vince Meens

Global blockchain advocate and entrepreneur

Cvetan Kyulanov

Head of Representation of the EC

Rayna Stamboliyska

Specialist in digital diplomacy and cybersecurity


9.30 – 10.00 Welcome coffee

10:00 – 10.15 Opening speeches by:

  • H.E. Florence Robine, Ambassador of France in Bulgaria
  • Bozhidar Bozhanov – Minister of Electronic Governance 
  • Eva Maydell – Member of the European Parliament
  • Cvetan Kyulanov – Head of  Representation (a.i) of the European Commission in Bulgaria

10.15 – 10.45 Keynote speech by Rayna Stamboliyska

“Blockchain around the world: What we (didn’t) learn”

10.45 – 11.20 Blockchain enables easier and more accessible EU-wide public services.

EBSI_logoHow can the European Blockchain Service Infrastructure (EBSI) help provide fast, convenient and cost-efficient cross-border public services.


10 min. Presentation from Helen Köpman, Acting Head of Unit for Digital Innovation & Blockchain, at DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology at the European Commission in Brussels.

10 min. Presentation from the consortium implementing the Bulgarian part of EBSI – Teodora Todorova, INDUSTRIA Technology.


20 min Coffee break

11.40 – 12.10 Discussion Panel | Blockchain is a means for transparency and accountability in the public sector. What are the challenges for providing public services on the blockchain?


Bozhidar Bozhanov – Minister of Electronic Governance, Vince Meens – Global blockchain advocate and entrepreneur, Ivan Vasilev – board member BESCO, Kalin Slavov – Transparency International Bulgaria,Todor KolevFounder and CEO Obecto, Vladislav Dramaliev – founder of Sofia Crypto Meetup.

12.10 – 12.30 The new eIDAS 2.0 regulatory framework and the European Digital Identity Wallet

eidasOverview of the regulatory landscape with a focus on eIDAS 2.0. The European Digital Identity Wallet – what is at stake and why is it a game-changer?

Speaker: Zhulieta Mandazhieva – Attorney at Law at KDBMLaw

5 min. Q&A

12.30 – 12.40 Conclusion and closing words

Representatives of the European institutions, NGOs, public sector, and business will discuss the practical implications of applying blockchain for the public good and the roadmap for adopting it.


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The French Institute of Bulgaria serves artistic and intellectual exchanges, supports cultural and social innovation and promotes French. It is part of a network of 98 French Institutes around the world. Founded in 1991, the French Institute of Bulgaria welcomes you in its historical building in the heart of the city of Sofia on Slaveykov Square, built in 1924 to host the first Alliance française of Bulgaria, established in 1904.

Startup Factory develops the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the IT community in Eastern Europe and Bulgaria. The mission of the organization is to support early-stage startups, building key skills in demand by the market and cultivating the favorable infrastructure and environment for turning ideas into real products with potential for commercialization.


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The America for Bulgaria Foundation (ABF) is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonpolitical American grant-making foundation working in partnership with Bulgarians to strengthen the country’s private sector and related democratic institutions. ABF builds on the success of the Bulgarian- American Enterprise Fund, an investment fund created in 1991 by the U.S. Congress with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development. For more information, please visit www.us4bg.org.


Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law (BCNL) is part of the network of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and of the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) which operate in over 100 countries worldwide with the aim to protect the right to association and develop the legal framework for civil organisations.




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