Strengthening the global digital economy is a shared priority and a pillar of the EU-U.S. trade relationship, according to a media note issued by the Office of the Spokesperson, after the 15th Information Society Dialogue took place on February 1, where delegations from both Brussels and Washington participated in discussions with industry representatives on digital and ICT issues.
Linda Corugedo Steneberg, Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) Director for International Affairs, European Commission, and Robert Strayer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy at the US Department of State, co-chaired the conference.
“The EU and the United States are close strategic partners, sharing common values,” said the US delegation.
The European Commission updated the United States on current and upcoming initiatives related to the Digital Single Market, a key priority of the EU executive.
The US provided a briefing on two recent changes in the United States – an Executive Order on the cybersecurity of federal networks and critical infrastructure and the Federal Communications Commission’s Order to “Restore Internet Freedom.”
Cyber-security, 5G, Next Generation Technologies, the telecoms regulatory framework, and online platforms to data flows were the main topics at the meeting.
Both sides acknowledging the central role played by data as an engine of digital transformation and a facilitator for Trans-Atlantic trade.