Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) are foundational architectures emerging in both technical interoperability and global enterprise contexts. The expectation that these technologies can deliver peer-to-peer, trust-based services in the low-trust environment of disintermediated global digital trade is ambitious. The added expectation that they also meet complex regulation and compliance requirements is a game-changer. This is the context in which blockchain technical standards are being written – with high-impact ramifications on the European Union’s strategic autonomy.
Drawing from this, the Webinar will be the opportunity to present two brand new European funded projects – BlockStand and SEEBLOCKS – aiming to support European interests in standardisation in the Blockchain/DLT domain and, in accordance with the European Blockchain strategy, to specifically promote:
- Increase of funding for research and innovation
- Blockchain skills development
- Supporting of interoperability and standards
- Sustainable blockchain
- Stronger engagement with the EU community & correlated players (EBSI, EBP, EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum..)
BlockStand is a new building block for EU leadership in global blockchain standardisation, ensuring the reflection of European values in internationally used standards. Over a two-year cycle, the project will feature a Blockchain Standardisation platform, a web-based one-stop-shop for any stakeholders to connect and find all resources on blockchain standardisation. An ongoing Experts’ Selection Process will also be launched, with €400.000 available for European experts’ participation in technical committees as well as for other blockchain-related standardisation activities.
SEEBLOCKS.eu is a 24-month Digital Europe Programme project that aims at delivering a targeted, democratic, industry-driven initiative to support European interests in standardisation within the Blockchain/DLT domain, bringing together EU researchers and open standards specialists, along with industry and policy experts with the primary goal to provide a tangible contribution to the presence of European players in International Blockchain/DLT standardisation, through 4 recurring Selecting and Engaging Procedures (SEPs).
The event will kick off with a presentation of the European Commission’s policy overview on blockchain standardisation, and the correlated European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI) ecosystem.
Alexander Chourreau – Welcome and introduction
Jose Manuel Panizo Plaza – IT Product Officer at European Commission D3.002 – DG DIGIT – Slides
Justina Bieliauskaite – Innovation Director @ European DIGITAL SME Alliance / BlockStand Project Coordinator – Slides
Silvana Muscella – CEO at Trust-IT / SEEBLOCKS.eu Project – Slides
Fiona Delaney – CEO at Origin Chain Networks; Co-editor ISO TR6277 Data flow model for DLT use cases and EUOS Blockchain TWG Chair – Slides
Ismael Arribas – INATBA Co-Chair for Standards Committee & Convenor for ISO TC307 WG 3 Smart Contracts – Slides
Rita Meneses – Questions & Answers moderation
Who Should Attend
- Blockchain stakeholders from national/local authorities
- Researchers and academics in Blockchain fields
- ICT specialists and professionals working in the Blockchain & DLT domain
- Representatives of standards developing organisations
- Representatives of national standards associations
- Blockchain Hubs & Networks