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Call for applications – central bank digital currency experimentations

The Banque de France is calling for applications to experiment with a central bank digital currency for interbank settlements.

The aim is to explore the potentialities offered by this technology, and to identify concrete cases integrating Central Bank Digital Currencies in innovative procedures for the clearing and settlement of tokenised financial assets.

The results of these experiments will be a key element of the Banque de France’s contribution to a broader project conducted by the Eurosystem on the potential implementations of a CBDC. Indeed, any decision to create a CBDC is a matter for the Eurosystem.

Submission deadline for digital applications: 15 May 2020 at 3 pm (CET)

Interviews with applicants submitting eligible applications: June 2020

Selection of applications: 10 July 2020


Having received a great number of questions thus far, and in order to allow the support and monitoring necessary for the smooth conduct of the application submission process, the Banque de France has decided to delay the deadline for applicants to submit their questions to the Banque de France, initially planned for 20 April 2020, to the 7th May 2020 at 3 p.m. (CET).

The Banque de France commits to respond by the 14th May, except the questions submitted by the 20th April, to which the Banque de France will respond by the 30th April, as initially planned.

Questions may still be sent to the following address: A set of Q&A will be published on the Banque de France website in the days to come.

The submission deadline for digital applications is maintained to the 15th May 2020 at 3 p.m. (CET).

Updated on: 04/24/2020 08:46