EU: strategies for technological independence

EU: strategies for technological independence

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the new European Commission destined to settle at the beginning of November after the vote of the Parliament, signed an executive document in which the strategies that EU member states will have to adopt to achieve the coveted technological independence from abroad, in particular from the USA.

The document, of 23 pages but intended for integration into a much larger text, refers to the so-called "technological sovereignty", an approach according to which Europe will have to be able to produce innovative solutions both for the hardware and for the software with which to limit the substantial monopoly that today favors companies from overseas.

The position of von der Leyen and her team appears clear, so far the biggest obstacle to technological independence has been the lack of a common policy on this issue and a clear inability to counter multinationals that can invest huge amounts of money in research and development of innovative solutions. The semiconductor market would represent a striking example of this state of affairs.

The common way of life This is what I want to do together.
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– Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) 16 September 2019

The purpose is therefore to allocate resources to the development of technologies for Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Quantum Computing and Big Data analysis. All sectors in which Europe must now face not only American companies, but also a Chinese economy intent on strengthening its position as a technological player despite duties.

Furthermore, protectionist policies cannot be ruled out, since the introduction of a "passport" for the data, essentially a sort of certification which describes the methods of acquiring and processing information. Its obligatoriness will probably be discussed within the first 100 days from the installation of the commission chaired by von der Leyen.

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