Conflict with Russia will be the focus of an upcoming high-level meeting of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TCC), according to a draft conclusion obtained by Euroactive.
Margrethe Vestager, executive vice-president of the European Commission, and Valdis Dombrovskis will meet with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Commerce Secretary Gina Raymondo in Paris-Sacle on Monday (May 16) for the second meeting of the Transatlantic Platform.
The CCT was launched last September to establish a sustainable platform for Brussels and Washington to integrate key policy issues related to world trade and emerging technologies. However, the draft concludes that the next meeting will focus on condemning 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.”Read the second point of the joint statement.
According to two well-known sources, the focus on Russia is on bringing the EU and the United States together. The Digital Markets Act (DMA) and the Digital Services Act (DSA), discussions recently passed by the EU, as well as discussions on the cloud, have been removed from the program.
The document also includes working group conclusions, which have progressed to different levels.
The document cites a recently signed declaration for the future of the Internet, which promises the EU, the United States and thirty other countries to adopt a common approach to digital technology, especially in tackling China’s growing influence over standardization agencies.
However, in the context of the CTC, cooperation on technical standards has been slow. The exchange of information in this area has only begun with the establishment of a Strategic Standardization Information System (SSI) between the EU and the United States.
“We are committed to exchanging information and exploring opportunities for collaboration in our research and development programs, particularly in the areas of telecommunications technology and quantum computing, beyond artificial intelligence (AI), 5G and 6G.” Given that 6G will be a critical global infrastructure, the general approach to international 6G standards is particularly relevant. “We can read the text.
Abuse of technology
One of the areas that has progressed the most since the inception of CCT is the use of technology for coercion, surveillance and cyber-malicious purposes. In this area, the focus is on Russian data manipulation, with reference to government-directed Internet shutdowns.
Online platforms have also been identified as vectors for spreading and propagating illegal and dangerous practices, echoing similar words in announcements for the future of the Internet.
The findings provide for the establishment of an information integrity cooperation protocol in the event of a crisis, aimed at coordinating the management of risks related to the operation of data and platforms in times of crisis, starting with the Russian aggression against Ukraine.
The document also reinforces the desire to develop analytical tools to detect information manipulation by foreign powers and to combat Russian misleading propaganda in third countries.
“We are acutely aware that business technologies can play a central role in implementing authoritarian policies of authoritarian countries, in causing human rights violations and abuses, engaging in other forms of repression and undermining the security of other nations.”Indicates the document.
To address this problem, transatlantic partners have made good progress in export control. Initially, these talks were blocked by resistance from Central and Eastern European countries, open to Chinese investment, but the war in Ukraine has made this a priority.
TCC has formed a platform “Unprecedented combination” Supports dual-use technology information exchange for both partners in export control.
High-risk investments and supplier control
Russia’s aggression against Ukraine also underscores the importance of having a reliable technology provider for each of the two transatlantic partners. One notorious case is that of Kaspersky, a Russian anti-virus software company that was involved in a “Watch list” In several western countries.
Although the conclusion includes a joint statement on the importance of addressing the security risks of high-risk suppliers and encouraging supplier diversification, the progress of cooperation in controlling investment in sensitive technologies is limited.
To address this, the findings call for the creation of a working group dedicated to public funding, including international financial institutions, for secure connections to third countries, with the aim of promoting the use of trusted providers.
Supply chain resilience is another issue that has accelerated the crisis in Ukraine, which includes neodymium, a rare earth magnet, solar panel supply chains and semiconductors.
The EU and the United States have announced legal measures aimed at strengthening their autonomy over chips. At the same time, the two partners reiterated their initial warning of a semiconductor deficit and their intention to cooperate to avoid subsidy competition.
The summit in France should announce the creation of a subgroup dedicated to artificial intelligence, especially development. “A general roadmap of assessment and measurement tools for trusted AI and risk management, as well as a general project on privacy-enhancing technologies.”.
The next meeting
The third TCC meeting is scheduled for December in the United States.