• DIGITALEUROPE Director General Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl speaks in European Parliament on how to shape a global digital economy

    14 November 2017On 9 November 2017, DIGITALEUROPE organised together with Huawei and the S&D Group a panel debate to discuss solutions for a rules-based system for digital trade.

    The working breakfast served to analyse the challenges WTO Members are currently facing while taking stock of existing and emerging rules at multilateral, plurilateral and bilateral level. Speakers from both industry and civil society as well as the European Commission provided a well-rounded perspective on the topic, facilitating a fruitful discussion and proposals for long-term solutions.

    DIGITALEUROPE Director General, Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, took the opportunity to present  DIGITALEUROPE's position paper on the need for a digital trade strategy for the European Union. Therein, DIGITALEUROPE confirms its commitment to ensuring a fair market access for EU businesses in third countries, creating tangible benefits for consumers around the globe and achieving global norms while fully respecting fundamental rights.

    Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl reiterated that ‘digital’ was everywhere and hence, there was an urgent need for global rules. She reminded that the origins of the existing legal framework for digital trade predated the internet era. As the EU institutions had declared ‘digital’ a top priority for Europe, she would also like to see the EU leveraging the principles of the Digital Single Market globally in order to set global standards and the groundwork for a WTO legal framework. 

    Lastly, she encouraged the EU to take leadership and establish digital standards in FTAs before others would do. In this regard, a swift adoption of a clear-cut position on a digital trade strategy would be essentially, to promote the growth of digital technology goods and services, telecoms and e-commerce within a digital ecosystem. She recalled the significance of including provisions on data flows and against forced localisation, in particular.


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