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
Policy Paper 15 Nov 2021
Export Controls Tech Transfers
Policy Paper 04 Aug 2021
Joint letter: Recommendations for the G20 to drive the global digital recovery
Policy Paper 20 Jul 2021
Ten priorities for the EU-US Trade and Technology Council – a partnership that can deliver
Publication & Brochure 17 Jun 2021
The value of cross-border data flows to Europe: Risks and opportunities
Publication & Brochure 17 Jun 2021
Data flows and the Digital Decade
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
Officer for International Affairs & Trade Policy
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