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Bank of Spain Selects Partners for CBDC Trials

The Bank of Spain has teamed up with Cecabank, Abanca, and Adhara Blockchain for trials on the central bank digital currency (CBDC) initiative. This collaboration, disclosed on January 3, follows a year-long call for partnerships by Spain’s Banco de España.

Out of 24 received applications, the Bank of Spain selected three partners for a six-month pilot involving wholesale CBDC testing. The chosen entities—Cecabank and Abanca from Spain and Adhara Blockchain from the UK—will explore interbank payment processing and settlement using tokenized wholesale CBDCs. The collaboration aims to simulate the exchange of different CBDCs issued by various central banks.

It’s crucial to differentiate Spain’s CBDC program from the broader digital euro project, which encompasses the entire eurozone if implemented.

Spain’s proactive engagement in the cryptocurrency sphere extends beyond CBDC trials, encompassing initiatives such as implementing the European Union’s Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (MiCAR) and examining the potential applications of the digital euro.

Meanwhile, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of Spain have been advocating for the digital euro, emphasizing its benefits in payments and the economy. Despite these efforts, recent Bank of Spain surveys indicate limited interest and enthusiasm among the Spanish population for the digital euro. Only around 20% of respondents expressed openness to integrating it into their regular payment routines, raising concerns about widespread adoption.

Furthermore, Spain has witnessed a significant uptick in registered cryptocurrency companies, reflecting evolving adoption patterns, regulatory advancements, and technological strides. Globally, discussions on Central Bank Digital Currencies persist, with Russia gearing up to launch the first CBDC pilot involving multiple banks and real customers.

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