23 Nov 2017

DIGITALEUROPE applauds adoption of INI report “Towards a Digital Trade Strategy” in INTA Committee

DIGITALEUROPE applauds adoption of INI report “Towards a Digital Trade Strategy” in INTA Committee

DIGITALEUROPE, the association representing the digital technology industry in Europe, congratulates the International Trade Committee in the European Parliament on adopting the INI Report “Towards a Digital Trade Strategy”, expressing a large cross-party support for an ambitious EU Digital Trade Strategy. We would especially like to thank the rapporteur, Ms Marietje Schaake, for her leadership in advancing on this urgently needed discussion.

It is absolutely crucial for the European Digital Single Market Strategy to be mirrored by a solid plan on the global front. As a global leader in trade services, the EU must assume leadership and advocate ambitious digital standards in free trade agreements before others do. The INI report recognizes the importance of provisions on inter alia source code, encryption, data flows and data localization; encouraging the EU executives to take actions. While the European Commission has already tabled various digital trade provisions in its FTA negotiations, e.g. with Japan and Mexico, we now encourage the Commission to complete its proposals with a concrete and predictable text on data flows and provisions abolishing data localisation. In this respect, the INTA committee has succeeded in illustrating how the right balance can be found in order to both enable digital trade and preserve data protection standards.

DIGITALEUROPE urges the Commission Project Team to follow the advice of the European Parliament to draw up provisions and present concrete, predictable and ambitious proposals for an EU position on cross-border data transfers.

Back to Digital trade
View the complete
Our resources on Digital trade
30 Apr 2024 Position Paper
Contribution to public consultation on white paper on export controls
09 Feb 2024 resource
The Download: The EU's Economic Security Strategy
10 Nov 2023 resource
Key policies for digitalization during the Spanish Presidency: The AI Act and the Data Act
Hit enter to search or ESC to close
This website uses cookies
We use cookies and similar techonologies to adjust your preferences, analyze traffic and measure the effectiveness of campaigns. You consent to the use of our cookies by continuing to browse this website.