Authorities in the city of Zagreb, Croatia’s capital and the country’s largest city, are looking to adopt distributed ledger technology – DLT – and integrate blockchain into the day-to-day running of the state. This includes safeguarding sensitive documents as well as monitoring the business processes of local companies.
Croatia’s Outdated Government Document E-Stamps Need Blockchain Technology
Current Croatian legislation stipulates that all official documents of the government must be kept for a minimum of ten years or more before disposal – this includes digitized documents. City officials have noted that it will be difficult to keep electronic records for this length of time because the digital certificates that make them tamper-proof have a maximum lifespan of five years. The electronic documents that are protected by e-signature or e-stamp, or with a digital certificate, have a limited validity period. After the validity expires, the credibility of each e-document can be called into question.
The tender documents explain that Zagreb has defined a problem that will force all towns in Croatia, as well as the central government, to implement blockchain technology soon. They claim that without blockchain, it will be impossible to keep documents for more than five years.
Olivera Majic, deputy mayor of Zagreb explained that the city must proceed with the implementation of the blockchain. “This is part of a wider transformation of business processes in the city government which is proceeding very well”.
The city estimates that the project will cost 1.5 million kuna and although price is not the only criterion, the difference in prices offered are considerable. Deloitte came in lowest at 965 090 kuna, Omega at 1.48 million kuna and It Systems-New Technologies want 1.47 million kuna.
The winner of the tender will be announced within the next three months, with a further four months being added for the strategy to be drafted. By autumn, Zagreb will become the first town in Croatia, and the first administration body in the country, to have its own blockchain strategy.