The European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI) is a network of distributed nodes across Europe that will deliver cross-border public services by the application of blockchain technology. Blockchain technology is a general purpose technology that will ultimately enhance the way citizens, governments and businesses interact.
EBSI is the result of the European Blockchain Partnership, which is established by a declaration signed between 27 Member States (including Belgium), Liechtenstein and Norway to cooperate in the delivery of cross-border digital public services, with the highest standards of security and privacy.
EBSI is one of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Building Blocks, providing free reusable software, specifications and services to support the adoption of blockchain technology by the EU institutions, public administrations, business and citizens
More information? See EBSI-website (CEF Digital Connecting Europe)
The power of blockchain is being leveraged to create trusted digital audit trails, automate compliance checks and prove data integrity.
EBSI is helping to implement a Self-Sovereign Identity model in Europe, allowing users to create and control their own identity across borders.
Citizens gain digital control of their educational credentials, significantly reducing verification costs and improving trust in documents’ authenticity.
Blockchain technology is being used to securely share data (e.g. IOSS VAT) among customs and tax authorities in the EU.
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The European Blockchain Service Infrastructure provides a common, shared, and open infrastructure based on blockchain technologies aimed at providing a secure and interoperable ecosystem that will enable the development of cross-border digital services in the public sector.
EBSI will be built as a "public permissioned" blockchain where nodes will be managed by the European Commission, the European Member States or associated countries, and access will be publicly allowed to the private sector and civil society for the set of data and information that are aimed at such players. Other data access may be reserved exclusively to government bodies in order to support cross-border services.
EBSI will nevertheless be "Permissioned" as access will be based on identity, authorization, and access according to an access control policy to be able to perform an action on the Blockchain. Not all nodes on EBSI will necessarily have a write permission.
EBSI consist currently of 25 live production nodes, including the 2 Belgian nodes at Belnet and Smals and 11 nodes in setup phase. With EBSI v2.0 released and implemented end of Q1 2020 an important milestone will be achieved to bring the current and new use cases into production.
In the future, all public services will use blockchain technology. Blockchain is a great opportunity for Europe and Member States to rethink their information systems, to promote user trust and the protection of personal data, to help create new business opportunities and to establish new areas of leadership, benefiting citizens, public services and companies. The Partnership launched today enables Member States to work together with the European Commission to turn the enormous potential of blockchain technology into better services for citizens.Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society on the European Blockchain Partnership
The EBSI4BE website and initiative is a part of the BelBlock project. BelBlock a EU CONNECTING EUROPE FACILITY (CEF) Blockchain project to support the participation and contribution of Belgian
stakeholders to the European Blockchain Service Infrastructure, in particular as regards diploma use case based on Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI).
Specifically, BelBlock will cover the following activities from 01/11/2020 to 30/11/2022:
EBSI infrastructure development and operations by enhancing two existing EBSI nodes (BELNET and SMALS) with enhanced technical features such energy efficiency, cybersecurity, data protection, privacy and/or performance (e.g. throughput).
EBSI cross-border use cases by contributing to better understanding of the technical and user-based needs for the deployment of the EBSI diploma use case in Belgian universities and by developing the services and ICT applications necessary for the enhancement of existing e-services/systems/online platforms in Belgian universities.
The e-services/systems/online platforms operating at national level and covered by the proposed Action will be integrated with the EBSI node to contribute to the EBSI cross-border use-cases.
EBSI capacity building and training activities by developing necessary training modules, activities and dissemination tools to support a broader uptake of the EBSI by public services.
The Action will actively cooperate with other Member States (in particular other CEF funded EBSI Actions) in the diploma use case.
KULeuven, Smals, BOSA and Belnet are jointly establishing the Belgian component in a pan-European distributed network for public services known as the European blockchain services infrastructure (EBSI).
To meet your business needs, a number of events will be organized in 2021 and beyond. They mark our willingness to explore with you not only the usability of EBSI but also the potential of these trusted blockchain services for the security, privacy, stability, durability, and scaling-up of existing and new use cases.
These events have a high focus on co-creation implying that your collaboration is indispensable in order to convert this ambitious and innovative project into a success with substantial uptake.
We kicked off with an introductory webinar: How public services can benefit from the potential of EBSI
on February 24th 2021 from 13:30 to 16:30.
Moderation and closing notes by Freya Goeminne (Belnet) and Prof Dr. Joep Compvoets (KU Leuven)
Full recording of the webinar
Content: (2:16 - Evrim Tan (18 min); 20:35 - Pierre Marro (19 min) ; 39:24 - Kristof Verslype (11 min); 50:55 - Daniël Du Seuil (9 min); 59:58 - Q&A (12 min); 1:20:30 - Tessa Mouha (11 min); 1:31:24 - Bénédicte Champagne (12 min);1:47:48 - Jan Klesla (19 min) ; 2:10:07 - Frank Schimmelpfennig, Franziska Köhler, Frank Teichmann (14 min); 2:34:35 - Joep Crompvoets (15min)
EBSI4BE will provide the platform for Belgian stakeholders to be informed about the training activities, the specific solutions and technical resources about how to implement blockchain use cases on the EBSI system, and to collaborate with other EBSI projects in other member states to learn about the best-practices and lessons learned. The aim of EBSI4BE is through a series of events and collaborative activities to create a national contact point for all Belgian stakeholder organizations to facilitate the scaling up and the implementation of EBSI as a secure and trusted infrastructure for public services within the EU Member States and the European Blockchain Partnership.
You can get involved in the EBSI4BE events and activities by leaving your information details in the contact form. You will be part of our mailing group, you will be informed about the European and Belgian use cases and awareness-raising activities about EBSI.