While European digital companies are offering genuine sovereign technologies and crying out to be showcased, defended and promoted, the OIP discovers with amazement the overrepresentation of American corporate lobbyists at a conference devoted to the « construction of Europe’s technological sovereignty through the development of European champions ».
The Open Internet Project (OIP) learned with great astonishment and concern of the provisional program of the seminar entitled « Building Europe’s digital sovereignty », organized by the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union on February 7 and 8 coming… While European digital companies are offering real sovereign technologies and calling for them to be highlighted, defended and promoted, the OIP discovers with amazement the overrepresentation of lobbyists from American companies at a conference devoted to the « building Europe’s technological sovereignty through the development of European champions ».
As a European association of organizations and European digital industrialists, the OIP recalls that digital sovereignty cannot be built by importing technologies and services that make our economy and our administration abnormally dependent on extra-European actors. The OIP also recalls that even if it is important, the sole respect of European values by American or Asian companies cannot in any case constitute a criterion of sovereignty. Finally, it recalls that the abuses of dominant position to which these non-European companies are accustomed, which are sanctioned far too lightly and belatedly, largely explain the apparent lack of European players able to compete in international competition.
The OIP therefore calls on the Council of the European Union and its presidency to develop a more ambitious, more European and active vision of the construction of true digital sovereignty, and to build it with Europeans rather than against them. She hopes that the final program of this seminar will reflect this.
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