The European Commission (EC) has announced plans for a new blockchain regulatory sandbox, in a bid to foster innovation and development in the industry.
Working alongside the European Blockchain Partnership, a 30-country pan-European group set up to further theÂ blockchainÂ industries, the Commission said the sandbox would be in place by 2022.
According to anÂ announcementÂ posted by the Digital Innovation and Blockchain team of the European Commission, the sandbox will be used to provide an environment for the testing ofÂ use cases for blockchain techÂ and digital assets, as part of the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure.
The European Blockchain Services Infrastructure is a joint venture set up by the European Blockchain Partnership and the European Commission to deliver public services on a cross-border basis through the use of blockchain technology.
The sandbox will also be used to demonstrate use cases across a range of other industries, including digital identity, data portability and smart contracts in environmental, energy and health sectors.
The Digital Innovation and Blockchain team announcement also said the Commission was focusing on developing regulation to supportÂ tokenizationÂ andÂ smart contractsÂ on the blockchain.
The news comes in the same week that the European Commission announced plans for aÂ full regulatory frameworkÂ for digital currencies, which would in effect turn digital currencies into regulated financial instruments.
If passed, the new measures would create the single biggest regulated block space for the digital currency sector in the world, with the EU reportedly keen to move blockchain development further up the political agenda.
The combination of the new EU laws, alongside the proposals for the regulatory sandbox, will help startups and innovators in blockchain develop new ideas and use cases, as well as providing a certain regulatory regime for overseeing the blockchain sectors.