The European Commission has launched the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum. Commissioner Mariya Gabriel and Jakob von Weizsäcker (Member of the European Parliament) kick-started this action on 1st February 2018. The EU Observatory will:
- Map key existing initiatives in Europe and beyond;
- Monitor developments analyse trends and address emerging issues;
- Become a knowledge hub on blockchain;
- Promote European actors and reinforce European engagement with multiple stakeholders;
- Represent a major communication opportunity for Europe to set out its vision and ambition on the international scene;
- Inspire common actions based on specific use-cases of European interest.
Blockchain Observatory Working Groups
The EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum has established working groups to identify and research existing blockchain initiatives throughout the EU and beyond. There are two working groups for the Observatory and Forum:
- The Blockchain Policy and Framework Conditions Working Group will look at cross-technology and cross-industry issues to define the policy, legal and regulatory conditions needed to promote the regulatory and legal predictability necessary for larger-scale deployment of blockchain applications.
- The Use Cases and Transition Scenarios Working Group will focus on the most promising transformative blockchain use cases with an emphasis on public sector applications such as identity and government services, health care, energy and environmental reporting.
The Observatory and Forum named the members of its core working groups. Each working group consists of 30 members chosen from an open call launched on 15 March 2018. The final list consists of thought leaders from a variety of fields, and representing 28 nationalities.