Slovenia has announced that it will now start accepting Bitcoin as a mode of payment at its largest commercial business and shopping complex in Slovenia’s capital city of Ljubljana. They were able to take this step through the endeavours of FinTech startup Eligma.
Eligma has created Elipay which is a point of sale system. The system will be utilized across the shopping complex. It is owned by the BTC company and is hence, named as the BTC City.
The prime minister of Slovenia, Miro Cerar, on recently visiting the complex was bought a ‘crypto coffee’ by Tadej Slapnick, his State Secretary. The payment of this coffee was done using the Elipay service. Miro Cerar expressed for the project:
The city was established in 1954 as a stockroom and logistics venture. It was repurposed in 1990, as more buildings were added by BTC Company.
The shopping complex came as a result of repurposing. Additionally, it then grew and developed to incorporate Slovenia’s tallest building, a sports complex, a multiplex, a hotel and a casino. At present, it consists of more than 500 buildings and depicts itself as the most well-known “European business, shopping and recreational/leisure and culture centre”.
This new payment system, Elipay has now been installed in the water park and also in various stores like Babadu, Big Bang, istyle, Martino, Sneakers and Al Capone. In addition to this, the complex also gloats of Slovenia’s “biggest mining rig”.
“The purpose of his visit was to open the Beyond 4.0 international conference, dedicated to digital society and blockchain, as well as to get acquainted with BTC City’s strategy to become Bitcoin City.”
This latest news has got a positive response from many people. A Reddit user btcinvesteringalex said:
“How did I not read about this by now. Great to hear!”
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