About: digital sovereignty

Technology 24-05-2022

French tech partially welcomes new government’s digital portfolio

The portfolio of France's new "super economy ministry", while welcomed by tech, does not include a successor to Secretary of State Cédric O, creating uncertainty over whether such an appointment will be made. EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 11-05-2022

France sees boom in personal data breaches in 2021

France has hit an all-time record in notifications of personal data breaches, up 79% from 2020, the latest report of France's data protection watchdog CNIL has found. EURACTIV France reports.
Technology 11-04-2022

Le Pen wants content moderation the French way or a public social network

Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate facing president Emmanuel Macron in the second round of voting on 24 April, wants to clamp down on digital platforms and even create a "free, public social network" if they fail to cooperate with her.
Technology 28-03-2022

French presidential election: consensus among candidates on European tech protectionism

"Buy European Act" or not, the presidential candidates agree on the need to direct more public procurement towards European digital actors in order to be able, one day maybe, to fight on equal terms against the American or Chinese giants.
Technology 22-02-2022

Chips Act unveiled: The (real) cost of making semiconductors

In this special report, EURACTIV looks at a fundamental component missing from the chips package the European Commission presented on 8 Febryary: How the EU executive will square its semiconductor ambitions with its other policies, such as the green agenda and upcoming restrictions on dangerous chemicals.
Technology 03-02-2022

European Commission sets out a plan to regain clout in standard-setting

The European Commission's new Standardisation Strategy outlines a renewed commitment to engage in the definition of technological standards for emerging technologies to counter growing international competition.
Technology 01-02-2022

Civil society urges French presidential candidates to discuss digital issues

Digital matters have been noticeably missing from the debates leading up to the French presidential elections in April leading to civil society organisations calling on candidates to give more importance to innovation or skills, EURACTIV France reports.
Technology 25-01-2022

EU auditors worry about divergent policies on 5G suppliers

Discordant rules among EU countries over the vetting of suppliers of 5G technology pose a security risk to the bloc, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said in a report Monday (24 January).
Industrial Strategy 05-01-2022

France opens access to quantum computing to researchers, start-ups

The French government launched a new programme to link quantum machines and supercomputers on Tuesday (4 January). The resources will be made available to researchers and companies to ensure France is up to speed with the technological revolutions to come.
Industrial Strategy 22-12-2021

With arrival of Intel, Europe to gain advanced chips

Europe will soon produce a strategically vital component in the modern global economy as US semiconductor giant Intel chooses the site for a new cutting-edge chip factory.
Technology 15-12-2021

European Commission launches new data and cloud alliance

The new European Commission-powered Alliance for Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud was officially launched on Tuesday (December 14). With 39 members, the initiative gathers some of Europe's top-notch tech companies to collaborate on next-generation computing technologies.
Technology 14-12-2021

France to prioritise digital regulation, tech sovereignty during EU Council presidency

Digital regulation and tech sovereignty will be among France's digital priorities when it takes over the rotating EU Council presidency in the first half of 2022. EURACTIV France reports.
Technology 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.
Industrial Strategy 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.
Technology 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.
Technology 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.
Technology 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.
Technology 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.
Technology 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.
Technology 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.
Industrial Strategy 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.
Industrial Strategy 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.
Technology 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.
Industrial Strategy 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.