March 01, 2020

BRUSSELS — In a new series of concrete recommendations for the European Commission, ITI, the global tech trade association, outlined measures policymakers can take to effectively implement Europe’s vision for a digital future that benefits economies and societies.

The tech industry employs millions of Europeans, empowering communities and European companies of all sizes and across industries. To ensure global innovators can thrive and continue to create opportunities for all Europeans, ITI’s Recommendations for a European Tech Agenda aim to address the economic and social implications of technology and the role of the tech industry in a manner that supports innovation, while recognising the public interests at stake.

“Technological innovations and the digitalisation of the economy broadly have brought many benefits to Europe’s citizens, its companies, and society,” said Jason Oxman, ITI’s President and CEO. “Developing new technological capability is an objective of the European Union and in Europe’s best interest. With ITI’s recommendations published today, the tech industry becomes an active and constructive partner in achieving those aims. With the EU playing a significant role in international policymaking, ITI’s recommendations seek to help Europe continue to shape global policy with its international partners, prepare its workforce for digital transformation, and advance a compelling tech agenda for the 21st century. Our industry looks forward to serving as a trusted resource in these efforts.”

The recommendations focus on the following key policy areas:

  • International Cooperation. Global cooperation and open competition are essential to advancing innovation. ITI’s recommendations offer steps to ensure Europe’s commitment to open competition and international cooperation continues to drive technological breakthroughs and help home-grown innovators compete globally.
  • Artificial Intelligence. Global convergence will benefit the people, society, and economy of Europe. AI transforms lives and addresses some of society’s most challenging issues. ITI’s approach to AI promotes the technology’s ethical development and deployment globally to manage AI’s potential challenges while ensuring Europeans can reap its benefits and keep innovators on the cutting-edge.
  • Privacy. Individual and enterprise trust is key to innovation. ITI’s recommendations offer steps for European policymakers to continue to empower people through a strong, uniform, and consistent set of privacy protections no matter where their data is located.
  • Data Governance. Economic growth can be catalysed by supporting voluntary data sharing agreements, facilitating access to government data, and implementing an ‘open by default’ principle. ITI’s recommendations outline how Europe can responsibly promote a balanced framework for data governance.
  • Cyber and Supply Chain Security. Cybersecurity is integral to the EU’s economy and competitiveness. However, cybersecurity risks have intensified and supply chain risk management becomes increasingly complex as the world’s digital infrastructure has become more and more interconnected. ITI’s recommendations support the EU’s continuous work with its international partners to strengthen cybersecurity and reflect shared responsibility and the changing nature of cyberspace.
  • Tax. Ensuring a strong, functioning and dependable international tax system is essential for business certainty and growth. ITI’s recommendations call for a multilateral solution that addresses cross-border taxation in a digitalised global economy.
  • Trade. Open markets and free trade agreements are catalysts for innovation. ITI’s recommendations offer the industry’s views to ensure Europe’s trade commitments enable the free flow of data, curb forced data localisation, and enhance regulatory and enforcement cooperation globally.
  • Digital Services. Online platforms drive innovation and create opportunities for people and businesses across Europe. Our industry understands platforms’ transformative role and is committed to helping ensure the internet stays a safe and open place for all. ITI’s recommendations aim to shape policies that encourage innovation and resolve proven market failures by bringing together all actors involved in the debate.
  • Competition. To encourage economic growth, ITI suggests policies that support free and undistorted competition to promote continued innovation and consumer welfare, while also addressing the challenges arising from technological change globally and in the EU. ITI and its members advocate for an approach that maintains the EU’s long-standing commitment to collaborating with like-minded democracies and economic partners in order to help European players be competitive globally.
  • Sustainability. ITI supports Europe’s ambitious goal to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050. We are aware that our industry has an important role to play in this transition and we stand ready to support Europe in this endeavor. Our recommendations for industry-led, collaborative policies are the starting point for Europe to meet its goals while promoting innovation.

Read the full set of recommendations here.