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International friction looms over EU ownership rules in cyber certification scheme

The European Union’s ongoing standard-setting exercise for cloud service cybersecurity has become a high-stakes behind-the scenes geopolitical tussle. It could open up a new front in the world of never-ending EU-US trade frictions if local ownership requirements make their way into the EU digital ecosystem. Inevitable politics Member state civil …

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Week in Brussels: South Korea, Vietnam, consumers on data flows

Due to the All Saints holiday, activity has been fairly subdued on the trade beat in Brussels. Such holiday weeks are generally a good opportunity for leaders to travel. European Commission executive vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis has been touring Asia, whereas the international trade committee of the European Parliament was in …

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Commission rolls out soft method to secure critical technologies

The European Commission is asking member states to “conduct collective risk assessments” in the areas of advanced semiconductor technologies, artificial intelligence, quantum and biotechnologies by the end of 2023. The recommendation, which, as its name indicates is not a piece of hard law, is the first attempt at rolling out …

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Comment: TTC 4  addresses some recent transatlantic crises over tech, green subsidies

The fourth meeting of the EU-US mega-talk shop called the Trade and Technology Council in Sweden has, in the eyes of most observers, been the most productive of them all so far. Although it hasn’t delivered on some big-ticket items, a slew of small deals and initiatives start revealing its …