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ABOUT US

Understand how EBSI is managed and discover the most important highlights since its creation.

Introduction

EBSI is a joint initiative from the European Commission and the European Blockchain Partnership (EBP). EBSI’s vision is to leverage blockchain to accelerate the creation of cross-border services for public administrations and their ecosystems.

Since 2020, EBSI is deploying a network of distributed nodes across Europe, supporting applications for selected use cases.

Governance

Blockchain at the core of Europe's digital future

The EU wants to be a leader in blockchain technology, becoming an innovator in blockchain and a home to significant platforms, applications and companies.

Blockchain technology allows people and organisations who may not know or trust each other to collectively agree on and permanently record information without a third-party authority. By creating trust in data in ways that were not possible before, blockchain has the potential to revolutionise how we share information and carry out transactions online.

To reach its goals, the European Commission's strategy has defined key priorities:

  • Environmental sustainability: Blockchain technology should be sustainable and energy-efficient.
  • Data protection: Blockchain technology should be compatible with, and where possible support, Europe’s strong data protection and privacy regulations.
  • Digital Identity: Blockchain technology should respect and enhance Europe’s evolving digital Identity framework. This includes being compatible with e-signature regulations, such as eIDAS, and supporting a sensible, pragmatic decentralised and self-sovereign identity framework.
  • Cybersecurity: Blockchain technology should be able to provide high levels of cybersecurity.
  • Interoperability: Blockchains should be interoperable between themselves and legacy systems in the outside world.

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The European Blockchain Partnership (EBP), a key initiative to develop the EU blockchain strategy

29 countries (all EU Member States, Lichtenstein and Norway) and the European Commission have joined forces to create the European Blockchain Partnership (EBP), which is an initiative to develop an EU strategy on blockchain and build a blockchain infrastructure for public services. Its main focus has been building the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI), together with the European Commission.

The EBP helps avoid fragmentation of the blockchain landscape by fostering close collaboration between EU countries. It offers a regulatory-conformant environment in full compliance with EU laws and with clear governance structures and models to help blockchain grow and flourish all across Europe.

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The European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI)

EBSI is a joint initiative from the European Commission and the EBP. EBSI’s vision is to leverage blockchain to accelerate the creation of cross-border services for public administrations and their ecosystems.

Initially financed through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme, EBSI is now being funded by the Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL), which is a new EU funding programme focused on bringing digital technology to businesses, citizens and public administrations. 

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Highlights

You will find below a summary of the most important EBSI’s highlights since its creation in 2018.

What is EBSI today?

  • EBSI has a solid network of 38 nodes in 21 countries.
  • EBSI is a ready-to-use infrastructure going in production.
  • EBSI is a set of open specifications with VC lifecycle and playbook to help stimulate the market.
  • EBSI is piloted by +20 Member States.
  • A large number of wallet providers are testing EBSI.

Detailed timeline

2018

EBP agreed on a vision. Since 2018, 29 countries (all EU Member States, Lichtenstein and Norway) and the European Commission have joined forces to form the European Blockchain Partnership (EBP). They are committed to working together to realise the potential of blockchain-based services for the benefit of citizens, society and the economy.

2019

  • In Q1, we build the first version of the EBSI Roadmap.
  • In Q3, we showcased our first demo and launched a first awareness campaign about EBSI.

2020

  • In Q1, we built EBSI v1.00 with basic blockchain infrastructure and a user web wallet.
  • In Q2, we provided the first guidance to users for piloting with EBSI.
  • In Q3, we released the first set of specifications and further detailed the roadmap.
  • In Q4, we launched the Early Adopters programme, an official incubator addressed to MSs’ stakeholders to help them pilot on EBSI.

2021

  • In Q1, we released and deployed EBSI v2.00 to the pre-production environment.
  • In Q2, we launched the multi-University pilot (an Early Adopters initiative) with +18 universities from +15 countries.
  • In Q3, the participants of the multi-University pilot agreed on implementing 6 cross-border scenarios using EBSI.
  • In Q4, we launched the Verifiable Credentials lifecycle and playbook well as the Wallet Conformance Testing to help wallet providers become EBSI-conformant. As from the launch of these three services, we already received 85 requests to become conformant from wallet providers and +10 of them immediately started the WCT.
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