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Blockchain: the European recommendations for the development of services based on DLT


The first White Paper of the European standardization body CEN / CENELEC on the Blockchain and distributed registries (DLT) is published. The publication, carried out under the coordination of Agid, aims to identify the requirements for the implementation of services based on distributed registers

What requirements should the services based on the new Blockchain technologies have to enable safe and high-quality services?

This is the key topic of the White Paper "Recommendations for adopting common standards in Europe on Blockchain and DLT (distributed ledger) technologies", recently published by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Standardization electronic (Cenelec).


The White Paper was created under the coordination of Agid with the aim of providing the European Commission and international standardization bodies, such as ISO, with the first recommendations on the technical standards to be adopted at the European Union level on the Blockchain and Distributed ledger technologies.


The Working Group highlighted some issues that should be the subject of particular attention in the definition phase of the technical rules. Indeed, it will be necessary for the new standards to guarantee the protection and integrity of personal data, interoperability, cross-border information sharing and to harmonize with the European regulation on digital identity (eIdas).


The White Paper represents the first stage of the broader process initiated by the Focus group on the Blockchain and the DLT technology (distributed ledger technlogies) to study the impacts of these new technologies in areas such as finance and insurance, energy, health and public administration.

This edition will soon be followed by others in line with future technological and market developments.


The Focus group on Blockchain was set up in 2017 within the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electronic Standardization and is coordinated by the Italian UNI Standards Body together with the Agency for Digital Italy.



Recommendations for Successful Adoption in Europe of Emerging Technical Standards on Distributed Ledger/Blockchain Technologies


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