Joint Press Release – Launch of new EU-funded project BlockStand: Levelling up European leadership in blockchain standardisation

Joint Press Release – Launch of new EU-funded project BlockStand: Levelling up European leadership in blockchain standardisation


Launch of new EU-funded project BlockStand: Levelling up European leadership in blockchain standardisation

Brussels, 16 May 2023 
  • Today, the consortium composed of the DIGITAL SME Alliance, leading the project, and the partners Small Business Standards (SBS), the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) and UNINFO, launched the new EU-funded project BlockStand, aimed at supporting the participation of European experts in blockchain standardisation activities


  • 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 experts selection process will be launched in July 2023 providing up to €400.000 for European experts’ participation in technical committees and for other blockchain-related standardisation activities


Blockchain is an important technology for the EU’s industrial leadership on the international level. BlockStand will not only enable European leadership in global blockchain standardisation but will also ensure that internationally used blockchain standards reflect European values. Through the coordination of SME experts’ inputs, recruited via an experts’ selection process to be launched at the beginning of July, BlockStand will create an online blockchain community platform comprised of all relevant stakeholders. Its aim is threefold:


  • Support the implementation of the Rolling Plan for ICT Standardisation chapter on blockchain and DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology)


  • Reinforce links with the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI) and the European Blockchain Partnership (EBP)


  • Support participation of European standardisation experts in international and European standard developing organisations


The project consortium invites all interested stakeholders to get together and bring the European blockchain standardisation community forward. For regular updates about the funding calls and other information, a preliminary expression of interest in the project can already be submitted.


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