The European Commission invites all interested market parties to participate in the open market consultation for its upcoming European Blockchain Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP). The PCP is looking for novel blockchain solutions for the European Blockchain Service Infrastructure. The open market consultation offers a unique opportunity to provide feedback on the scope of the future PCP and to be involved in and co-create the future development of EU-wide blockchain solutions.

The European Blockchain PCP

The aim is to implement the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) in cooperation with and building on the work of European Blockchain Partnership (EBP). The EBP is a cooperation between the European Commission, all EU Member States and some countries of the European Economic Area to deliver together the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI). The EBSI aims to deliver EU-wide cross-border public services using blockchain technology with the highest standards of security and privacy.

In order to deploy cross-border blockchain services across Europe as soon as possible, ongoing EBSI work performed by the EBP is currently focusing mainly on developing use cases that can be implemented relatively easily by using existing blockchain technology. It is clear that there are gaps in existing blockchain solutions to enable the delivery of more demanding cross-border blockchain services (e.g. regarding full compliance with the EU legal framework, security, interoperability, robustness, sustainability). The future evolution of the EBSI thus requires new, improved blockchain solutions.

The blockchain PCP therefore focuses on the development and testing of a novel distributed ledger or blockchain solution which builds on the EU legal framework, in particular the GDPR Regulation, the eIDAS Regulation and the NIS Directive. Such a public infrastructure should meet core requirements of scalability and throughput, interoperability with other systems, security, robustness, high sustainability / reduced environmental footprint, energy efficiency and continuity of the service. It should anticipate the implementation of a wide range of new cross border use cases or services that could be public or private ones. The aim of the PCP is to go significantly further than what is offered by existing solutions. The PCP will start in 2020, with the objective to lead to the deployment of solutions within the next three years.

The open market consultation

The open market consultation will provide you with a better understanding of the procurement objectives and the PCP process. It also aims to obtain market parties’ input to assess the gap between the procurement need and ongoing market developments in the field of Blockchain. It is a unique opportunity to provide feedback on the scope of the future PCP and to be involved in and co-create the future development of innovative EU-wide blockchain solutions. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

The open market consultation will be organised in English in the form of several activities:

  • Online questionnaire. Please note: the questionnaire will only be open from 17/01/20 to 02/03/20
  • Open Market Consultation Event on the 11/03/2020 in Brussels, Belgium. Registration details will follow later.
  • Individual face-to-face meetings with the EC (to be confirmed) in March 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. Registration details will follow later. 
  • A webinar on 14/01/20, from 15h00 to 16h00 CET (slides presented at webinar)

Check out the open market consultation document that provides more background information about the European Blockchain PCP and the organisation of the open market consultation.You may wish to read also more background information about the European blockchain strategy and what is pre-commercial procurement.

Questions about the European Blockchain Pre-Commercial Procurement can be posed during the above open market consultation activities, or via e-mail (CNECT-F3@ec.europa.eu). The answers to all questions are published in this Q&A document.

The Prior information notice for the open market consultation was published in TED on 13 December 2019.