After a competitive process following a call for tenders announced in October 2019, the European Commission has selected a consortium consisting of INTRASOFT, the University of Nicosia, the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), and subcontractors (including Bitfury Group, OpenForum Europe AISBL, White Research, PLANET S.A.) as the new partner to operate the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum, taking over the role from the consortium led by ConsenSys A.G.
INTRASOFT, which leads the consortium, is an information technology and communication service provider in Europe with solid expertise and experience in the use of blockchain technologies in business and public administration. The University of Nicosia is a leading university in research and education on digital currency and blockchain based in Cyprus. The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) is a Greek research institution, which is listed among the top 25 EU Research Centres with the highest participation in H2020 competitive research grants. CERTH has extensive expertise in blockchain technologies as well as other technologies related to data analytics and communication.
The consortium will bring strong commitment to blockchain development, solid expertise on the global blockchain ecosystem, and an entrepreneurial approach to engage with experts in the EU and worldwide. The EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum continues to play an active role in helping Europe to seize new opportunities offered by blockchain, build expertise and show leadership in the field. Further announcements on renewal of advisory networks in EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum will be made in coming weeks.
The EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum
The EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum, with the support of the European Parliament, has gathered and analysed trends on development and deployment of blockchain technologies, issued expert recommendations to address challenges, and explored blockchain’s socio-economic potentials. Since its launch in February 2018, the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum have organized 18 workshops, and issued 9 expert reports on different topics with 4 more reports to be published. It has also mapped 700+ global blockchain projects on interactive map available on the website. In November 2019, the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum co-organised Convergence: the Global Blockchain Congress in Malaga with the European Commission, the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) and Alastria. The EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum has achieved its aim of bringing together a vibrant community, which is underlined by the solid attendance of its workshops, its approximately 2100 members on the online forum, and 9.5k followers on Twitter (@EUBlockchain) as of May 2020. The first period of the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum was operated by ConsenSys and the subcontractors (the University of Southampton, the Knowledge Media Institute at the Open University, University College London, and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences).