A Shopping Mall in Slovenia is Testing Cryptocurrency Payments Pilot
June 13, 2018 12:27 pm
A Slovenian Shopping Center is widening a Digital Currency Payments Pilot
Slovenian TV channel “24 Ur” reported on Monday, BTC City Ljubljana, situated in Slovenia’s capital of Ljubljana, will permit a group of people to use digital currencies at 24 businesses located in the sprawling complex, which as per online material boasts over 500 storefronts. Those incorporate services for clothing and electronics as well as restaurants.
Regardless of the seemingly relevant name, there is no connection between Bitcoin and the well-known shopping complex, which has been called one of Europe’s biggest. It first inaugurated in the 1950s before being renamed as the Blagovno Transportni Center or BTC – Ljubljana.
Prior this year, the shopping center co-developed the project with a startup Eligma, which offers a payment system dubbed Elipay the facilitates transactions in digital currencies by way of a mobile app.
With more than 500 stores on its territory, the shopping center strives to become the first retail hub in the world to acknowledge digital currencies.
The objective to establish a ‘Bitcoin City’ in Slovenia as suggested by local reporters was supported by the nation’s leadership when Prime Minister Miro Cerar and the secretary of state Tadej Slapnik visited the center prior this month, amid which Miro Cerar had a cup of coffee purchased by Slapnik using digital currency.
Miro Cerar talked up blockchain last year amid a conference appearance. As earlier reported, the Prime Minister pointed to the use of blockchain technology within the public service an objective his administration was said to be looking at the time.
He spoke at the launch of a new think tank dedicated to the tech:
“We are also already laying the foundations for the initial pilot testing of the technology in the state administration.”