On 3 October 2019, Joao Rodrigues Frade, Head of Sector Digital Building Blocks in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Informatics (DIGIT) presented how Blockchain technology is advancing digital transformation at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg.
Blockchain creates an unchangeable ledger of records maintained by a decentralised network. All records are approved by consensus, with groups of records linked in the ledger, forming a chain. The decentralised nature of blockchain can remove the need for intermediaries during transactions, while the immutability of the ledger helps to promote trust and security.
Joao Rodrigues Frade presented the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI) project, which will deliver a Europe-wide blockchain infrastructure offering numerous applications for public administrations in EU Member States. The Commission is delivering EBSI in close collaboration with the Member States through the European Blockchain Partnership (EBP), established in 2018 through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
European-level legislation enables convenient cross-border online digital services based on common standard and specifications. In this context, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme is funding a set of generic and reusable Digital Service Infrastructures (DSI), also known as Building Blocks, To build a Digital Single Market. The CEF Building Blocks offer basic capabilities that can be reused in any European project to facilitate the delivery of digital public services across borders and sectors.
In 2020, EBSI will become a CEF Building Block, providing reusable software, specifications and services to support adoption by EU institutions and European public administrations.
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