France, Luxembourg and EIB Conduct Joint Wholesale CBDC Experiment


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The Banque de France, Banque centrale du Luxembourg and European Investment Bank (EIB) successfully conducted a wholesale central bank digital currency (CBDC) experiment.

The experiment, known as the Venus initiative, involved a 100 million euro digital native bond issuance by the EIB under Luxembourg law, and settled using a tokenised representation of the euro.

The experimental CBDC tokens were issued on a distinct permissioned distributed ledger technology (DLT) jointly operated by the Banque de France and the Banque centrale du Luxembourg.

The initiative also involved a message exchange mechanism between DLTs to allow for the simultaneous experimental CBDC tokens transfer and digital native bond delivery the very same day of the issuance.

Goldman Sachs Bank Europe, Santander and Société Générale were appointed by the EIB as banking syndication to issue and distribute the digital native bonds.

Nathalie Aufauvre

Nathalie Aufauvre

“The Venus initiative confirms that a well-designed CBDC can play a critical role in the development of a safe tokenised financial asset space in Europe,”

said Nathalie Aufauvre, General Director of Financial Stability and Operations, Banque de France.

Nicolas Weber

Nicolas Weber

“The Banque de France and the Banque centrale du Luxembourg are proposing one possible cross-border answer to the growing interest from the market to perform digital native securities settlement with a central bank money token,”

said Nicolas Weber, Executive Director of Payment Systems, Banque centrale du Luxembourg.

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