In the world of NFT regulation, Stefan Berger is a well-known name. The European Parliament member has previously pushed for the Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) laws and publicly criticised plans to blanket-apply all these laws to NFTs. This move positioned him as a major ally to the NFT community within the European Parliament.
Now, Berger is making news for launching his own NFT, which represents a pair of slides, on OpenSea. This is his first official foray into tokenization in a private capacity, which he describes as being as groundbreaking as the introduction of the stock market in the 17th century.
The NFT, which represents Bergolettes, went up for sale on August 15, 2022, and offers what he calls ‘a piece of digital freedom in a wallet’.
“What was tradable yesterday is tokenized on the blockchain today. Yesterday, you wore bathing shoes on your feet, today you carry them in your wallet – in the form of this NFT,” he says.
According to Berger’s official website, Bergolettes were chosen for the NFT because they are an ideal summer gadget and also because every development ‘begins with a step’. The NFT was also designed by Berger himself and once it is sold, the proceeds will be used for what he calls swimming promotion.