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European blockchain regulatory sandbox for Distributed Ledger Technologies

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The European Blockchain Regulatory Sandbox for innovative use cases involving Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) is an initiative of the European Commission. The sandbox establishes a pan-European framework for regulatory dialogues to increase legal certainty for innovative blockchain technology solutions.

Blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies are innovative developments and are deployed across industry sectors such as energy & utilities, education, healthcare, mobility, finance & insurance, and logistics & supply chains.

The European Blockchain Sandbox has been set up and is being operated to facilitate the dialogue between regulators and innovators for private and public sector use cases. Legal advice and regulatory guidance will be provided in a safe and confidential environment. The dialogues will be held across industry sectors and geographic regions, which will help to identify and communicate best practices in the interest of the wider EU/EEA blockchain community. The sandbox is open to use cases based on any blockchain infrastructure.

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About the project

Starting in 2023, the sandbox will annually accept cohorts of 20 blockchain use cases. They will be matched with relevant national and EU regulators for a safe and constructive dialogue on the most relevant regulatory issues. Use cases will be selected on the basis of the maturity of the business case, legal/regulatory relevance and their contribution to the EU’s wider policy priorities. Every year, the most innovative regulator participating in the sandbox will be awarded a prize. The sandbox is facilitated by a consortium under the lead of Bird & Bird with its consulting arm OXYGY and blockchain experts of WBNoDE. The selection and award process will be overseen by a panel of independent academic experts from European universities.

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Applications to join the first cohort are now open.Please click on the “Apply now” button below to access the application form on EUSurvey.

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