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Digital & Media 19-11-2021

Cracks appear as Gaia-X celebrates its progress

As the heads of Gaia-X, a much-publicised European tech project, praised progress in developing a federated cloud and data ecosystem at the Gaia-X summit concluded on Friday (19. November), one of Europe’s biggest cloud providers has already jumped ship.
Digital & Media 15-11-2021

Silicon Saxony to play key role in Europe’s bid for producing cutting-edge chips

During a visit to Silicon Saxony, where most of Germany's chip production is located, Commissioner Thierry Breton said the region will be one of the epicentres of the EU’s bid to bring the production of leading-edge semiconductors back to Europe.
Digital & Media 12-11-2021

French government to speed up deployment of open source

The French government's roadmap for developing open source to make it a vector of digital sovereignty and a guarantee of "democratic confidence" was presented by Public Transformation and Civil Service Minister Amélie de Montchalin on Wednesday (10 November). EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 05-11-2021

Tech sector warns against politicisation of EU semiconductor industry

Digital industries welcomed the European Commission’s announcement of the Chips Act that aims at making Europe more resilient to external supply shocks, but warned that the strategy should not be driven by political imperatives alone.
Digital & Media 03-11-2021

French government to pour €1.8 billion into national and EU cloud industry

The French Secretary of State for Digital, Cédric O, presented a plan on Tuesday (2 November) to support the French and European cloud sector with €1.8 billion over four years. French cloud industry players, however, believe these measures miss the mark as they would prefer public procurement.
Digital & Media 21-10-2021

French cloud industry regrets government’s ambivalence in dealing with digital giants

France's "trusted cloud" strategy is sending "contradictory messages" and leaving little room for competition in the race for digital sovereignty already dominated by the likes of Amazon, Google and Microsoft, French cloud industry players have said. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 06-10-2021

French defence company Thales partners with Google to offer ‘trusted cloud’

France's flagship security and defence company Thales announced a new partnership with Google on Wednesday (6 October). Its objective is to obtain the so-called "trusted cloud" label from the French government, propose a sovereign cloud service, and be operational by 2023. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 10-09-2021

German parties offer conflicting views on the EU digital future

Digitalisation is one of the hot topics of Germany’s upcoming federal election and the parties are offering different visions of what Germany’s role in EU digital policymaking should be and the ways to foster digital sovereignty and strategic autonomy.
Digital & Media 03-09-2021

Germany to invest billions to bring semiconductor production back to Europe

As part of a major European project, Germany wants to invest several billion euros into bringing semiconductor production back to Europe, with the aim of strengthening German and European technological sovereignty. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital & Media 02-09-2021

France, Netherlands join forces in quantum technology race

France and the Netherlands signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday (31 August) to intensify synergies for the research and development of quantum technologies, joining the race in building high-performance supercomputers. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 01-09-2021

Google to invest in Germany on data centres, renewable energy

Google will invest in the expansion of its cloud data centres and renewable energy facilities, though critics continue to accuse it of showing a lack of ambition on innovative green technologies. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital & Media 28-07-2021

German carmakers partially shut down amid semiconductor shortage

The German automotive industry is continuing to struggle with a severe supply shortage in semiconductors, while national and European authorities are trying to boost local production capacities.
Digital & Media 14-07-2021

French MP: Digital sovereignty is about being able to choose dependencies

In an interview with EURACTIV France, French centrist MP Philippe Latombe spoke about France's approach to digital sovereignty being about being able to choose who they can depend on and pointed to EU countries currently not being 'on the same page' when it comes to digital sovereignty.
Digital & Media 16-06-2021

Germany launches Europe’s first ‘revolutionary’ quantum computer

Europe's first quantum computer was launched in Ehningen, Baden-Württemberg on Tuesday (15 June), amid expectations from experts that the tech’s exorbitantly high computing power will do away with “traditional computing”.
Digital & Media 16-06-2021

Macron wants Europe to have 10 tech giants worth €100 billion by 2030

French President Emmanuel Macron announced the objective of having “10 companies worth €100 billion by 2030” on Tuesday (15 June) after he received the "Scale-Up Europe" collective on Tuesday (15 June), which presented him with its recommendations to encourage the emergence of digital giants in Europe.
Digital & Media 08-06-2021

France moves to become a nation of ‘large tech companies’

"We were a start-up nation, we are going to become a nation of large technology companies," Economy Minister Bruno le Maire told a conference on Monday (7 June), adding that “France has a vocation to be one of the nations writing the 21st century”. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 28-05-2021

Gaia-X cloud infrastructure project close to becoming operational

The European flagship cloud project Gaia-X, which aims to ensure Europe has its own trusted data and cloud infrastructure, came one step closer to becoming operational after the first specification round of the Federation Services was completed on Wednesday. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital & Media 21-05-2021

France launches digital sovereignty observatory

Telecom Paris and Netexplo officially launched the Technologies & Digital Sovereignty observatory on Thursday (20 May), which aims to bring together companies and startups as well as political players. EURACTIV France reports.
China 14-01-2021

EU companies in China warned to ‘prepare for the worst’ in digital decoupling

Digital decoupling between China and the United States could severely impact EU businesses in China and they should "prepare for the worst" and may be forced into a costly separation of their international operations, European business groups said.
Digital & Media 11-09-2020

‘Geopolitical’ Europe aims to extend its digital sovereignty from China

The European Commission intends to act as a strong geopolitical player at next week's EU-China video meeting. But to do so, Europe must extend its 'digital sovereignty', also with regards to China. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital & Media 09-09-2020

EU leaders to call for an EU electronic ID by mid-2021

EU leaders will ask the European Commission later this month to develop an EU-wide public electronic identification (e-ID) to access cross-border digital services, according to the draft summit conclusions seen by EURACTIV.com.
Digital & Media 22-01-2020

MEP Axel Voss publishes EU digital manifesto, warns of EU’s ‘digital dependency’

Conservative German MEP Axel Voss, also known as the father of the controversial copyright reform, has published a manifesto on European digital policy in which he warns that Europe should not become a "digital colony" of other powers. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital & Media 06-12-2019

EU ‘data sovereignty’: opportunities and challenges

In November 2018, the European Commission presented its Digital Strategy, where it set the vision to become a ‘digitally transformed, user-focused and data-driven administration by 2022’.
Cybersecurity 18-10-2019

Striking a balance: IT infrastructure and digital sovereignty

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As the EU searches for the best path to balance cutting-edge technologies with its future ‘digital sovereignty’, EU policymakers must consider the potential advantages and risks of working with non-EU services providers in technology infrastructure, including 5G.