Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin was granted Montenegrin citizenship. Buterin joined other members of the crypto community with global experience who were invited to help the small Southeast European state attract investment and develop the blockchain sector.
Vitalik Buterin received a Montenegrin passport
Famous cryptocurrency activist Vitalik Buterin is now a citizen of Montenegro, the country’s state broadcasting service announced this week. Radio Televizija Crne Gore (RTCG) quoted an official statement from the Ministry of Finance and Social Security in Podgorica.
According to the report, the Canadian programmer of Russian origin and blockchain specialist received his new Montenegrin passport at the suggestion of Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic and Finance Minister Milojko Spajic. A statement from his office noted:
The Minister of Interior Sergej Sekulović, recognizing the importance of this initiative, decided to accept Vitalik Buterin into Montenegrin citizenship at the suggestion of the Prime Minister, and today he was presented with the Montenegrin passport.
The Ministry of Finance noted that a group of global experts on cryptocurrencies visited Montenegro at the invitation of Minister Spajic. Montenegrin authorities believe that cooperation with them will contribute to the development of the country’s economy, attract investment and create new high-paying jobs in this specific field.
In comments made after a recent discussion titled “The Future Now. The New Era of Montenegrin Finance,” Buterin said Montenegro must have a good legal framework, as well as the necessary capacity to educate younger generations so that its citizens can take advantage of technology related to digital assets.
The Ethereum co-founder, one of the most prominent representatives of the crypto-space, is expected to support the further promotion of Montenegro and the overall development of the blockchain industry in the small Balkan country. The country is currently working on a comprehensive legislative framework to make the best use of cryptotechnology and to spur the growth of the sector.
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