A member of the Brussels Parliament, Christophe De Beukelaer, claims that he will receive his entire salary in bitcoin this year. He believes the technology will disrupt all industries and crypto adoption will be “exponential”.
Belgian MP Says He’ll Get His Full Salary in Bitcoin – ‘We Can’t Ignore This New World Anymore’
Christophe De Beukelaer, member of the Brussels Parliament, said in a blog post on his personal website that he would receive his 2022 salary in bitcoin.
The legislator explained that “with the blockchain, we are at the dawn of a revolution of the same order as what we experienced with the internet 30 years ago”. He believes that all sectors “will be turned upside down”, adding that in other countries, “big institutions are starting to invest heavily in crypto-assets in order not to miss this gigantic opportunity”.
Noting that “it is the role of politicians to make the population aware of these societal changes that are coming”, he stressed:
We can no longer remain ignorant of this new world. It’s a bit like clinging to the carriage or the candle as cars and light bulbs appear. Adoption is going to be exponential.
To generate interest around bitcoin and the crypto industry, the lawmaker has “decided to convert his entire salary for all of 2022 to bitcoin,” the post details.
The legislator considered:
I am the first in Europe, but not in the world, to want to shine the spotlight on cryptocurrencies with such an approach.
He then referred to New York City Mayor Eric Adams receiving his first three paychecks in cryptocurrency. His first paycheck was recently converted to bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH) via Coinbase. Mayor Adams said he converted his paycheck to bitcoin to send a message that New York City is open to technology.
“I think it’s not too late for Brussels and Belgium to be at the forefront of the cryptocurrency industry. We already have some great companies in the field… but it’s time to position ourselves clearly and create a real ecosystem,” concludes De Beukelaer.
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