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 06 Mar 2020
DIGITALEUROPE comments to "Opinions on implementation of testing and certification of commercial cryptography"
Press Release 31 Jan 2020
Brexit and the future of EU-UK digital cooperation – statement from DIGITALEUROPE
Press Release 31 Jan 2020
DIGITALEUROPE celebrates first anniversary of EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement
Policy Paper 12 Nov 2019
DIGITALEUROPE’s Submission to the OECD Consultation on the Secretariat Proposal for a “Unified Approach” under Pillar One
Press Release 14 Oct 2019
DIGITALEUROPE welcomes OECD’s Secretariat proposal on how to address digitalisation of the global economy
Your contact for Digital trade
Patrice Chazerand
Director for Digital Trade and Taxation
Barry McKeon
Senior Policy Manager Trade and Competition
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