Russia takes center stage in EU-US Trade and Technology Council meeting – EURACTIV.com

The confrontation with Russia will be at the center of the upcoming high-level meeting of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TCC), according to draft findings obtained by EURACTIV.

European Commission Executive Vice Presidents Margrethe Vestager and Valdis Dombrovskis will meet US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo in Paris-Saclay on Monday (16 May) for the second meeting of the Transatlantic Platform.

CCT was launched last September to create a permanent platform for Brussels and Washington to converge on key policy topics related to global trade and emerging technologies. However, according to the draft results, the next meeting will focus mainly on the condemnation of Russia.

“The world has changed dramatically since the first meeting of the Trade and Technology Council in Pittsburgh on September 29, 2021. The European Union and the United States strongly condemn Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine.”You read the second point of the joint statement.

According to two sources familiar with the matter, the focus on Russia is meant to focus on what brings the European Union and the United States together. Discussions about the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and the Digital Services Act (DSA), recently passed by the European Union, as well as on the cloud have been removed from the program.

The document also includes the conclusions of the working groups that have advanced to varying degrees.

Monotheism

The document refers to the recently signed Declaration for the Future of the Internet, which commits the European Union, the United States and thirty other countries to adopt a common vision of digital technologies, particularly to counter the growing influence of China in standardization bodies.

However, cooperation on technical standards has been slow in the CTC context. Information exchange in this area has just begun with the establishment of the Strategic Standardization Information Mechanism (SSI) between the European Union and the United States.

“We are committed to exchanging information and exploring opportunities for collaboration in our research and development programs, particularly in relation to artificial intelligence (AI), telecommunications technologies beyond 5G and 6G, and quantum computing. Given that 6G will be an important global infrastructure, approaches to The common international 6G standards are particularly relevant.”can we read in the text.

misuse of technology

One area that has seen significant progress since the inception of CCT is the misuse of technology for coercion, surveillance, and malicious cyber purposes. In this area, the focus has been on Russian manipulation of information, with reference to government-imposed internet shutdowns.

Online platforms have also been identified as guiding agents to propagate and amplify illegal and dangerous practices, echoing similar wording in the Declaration for the Future of the Internet.

The conclusions provide for the creation of an information integrity cooperation protocol in the event of a crisis, aimed at coordinating the management of risks related to data management and platforms in times of crisis, starting with the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

The document also emphasizes the desire to develop analytical tools to identify information manipulation by foreign powers and combat Russian disinformation campaigns in third countries.

export control

“We are fully aware that circulating technologies can play a central role in the ability of authoritarian states to implement authoritarian policies, commit human rights violations and abuses, engage in other forms of repression and undermine the security of other states.”refers to the document.

To deal with this problem, transatlantic partners have made good progress with regard to export controls. Initially, these discussions were hampered by the resistance of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, which are open to Chinese investment, but the war in Ukraine made the topic a priority.

TCC formed a platform for “Unprecedented Format” in export control by supporting the exchange of information on dual-use technologies for both partners.

Control of high-risk investments and suppliers

Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has also highlighted the importance of reliable technology providers to both partners across the Atlantic. A notorious case is that of Kaspersky, a Russian antivirus company that was added to a file Watch List in many western countries.

Although the conclusions include a joint statement on the importance of addressing the security risks of high-risk suppliers and encouraging diversity of suppliers, progress in cooperation in controlling investments in sensitive technologies remains limited.

To address this, the conclusions announce the creation of a working group dedicated to public finance, including by international financial institutions, for secure communication in third countries, with the aim of promoting the use of trusted service providers.

Suppliers

Supply chain resilience is another topic that has accelerated the Ukraine crisis, including neodymium, rare earth magnets, and solar panel and semiconductor supply chains.

The European Union and the United States announced legal measures aimed at strengthening their autonomy in terms of chips. At the same time, the two partners reaffirmed their intention to cooperate on early warning of semiconductor shortages and to avoid the support race.

artificial intelligence

The summit organized in France should also announce the creation of a subgroup dedicated to artificial intelligence, in particular for development “Joint Roadmap on Assessment and Measurement Tools for Trustworthy AI and Risk Management, as well as a Joint Venture on Privacy Enhancement Technologies”.

next meeting

A third meeting of the Trade Competition Commission is scheduled for December in the United States.

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