Policy

Digital trade

DIGITALEUROPE is committed to supporting an open and international market. We support a multilateral rules-based system with minimum tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade.

Free, open and balanced trade can no longer be taken for granted. Yet, the importance of trade as a determinant of prosperity is well documented. Not only does it contribute to boosting innovation and productivity, but it has also been instrumental in halving extreme poverty between 1990 and 2015. Crucially, it is essential to allow European companies to grow by providing them with a global market in which to expand.

At DIGITALEUROPE we work to improve regulatory cooperation and to recognise international standards. To this end we focus on:

  • Ensuring that the European export control regulation for dual-use items is aligned with international regimes
  • Avoiding counter-productive technology-transfer requirements, including limitations to the sharing of source code and encryption keys
  • Opposing digital protectionism, notably through the careful removal of forced localisation
  • Advising the European Union Customs Union (EUCU) on the judicious design of customs classification codes
Areas covered
  • Brexit
  • Customs
  • Digital taxation
  • Economic relations
  • Export control
  • International market barriers
Our resources on Digital trade
16 May 2022 Policy Paper
Global tech industry calls for another ambitious expansion of ITA to address sweeping global challenges
13 May 2022 Policy Paper
Call for a Ministerial Declaration regarding the JSI on E-commerce and making permanent -or at least extending- the Moratorium on Customs Duties on Electronic Transmissions
01 Mar 2022 Policy Paper
Joint letter: Industry Recommendations for further EU-Japan Digital Cooperation toward the forthcoming EU-Japan Summit
02 Feb 2022 Publication & Brochure
Becoming tech allies: 24 targets for the EU-US Trade & Technology Council by 2024
21 Dec 2021 Policy Paper
Digital Taxation – Delivering a successful implementation of the global agreement for Governments and Businesses
Your contact for Digital trade
Tsai-wei Chao-Muller
Director for Digital Technology, Innovation & Trade Policy
Patrice Chazerand
Director for Digital Trade & Taxation Policy
Joël Guschker
Manager for International Affairs & Trade Policy
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