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Transatlantic Trade Deal Holds Promise for Expanded Digital Economy, BSA Says

Brussels — 14 June 2013 —

BSA | The Software Alliance welcomed the decision today of the Council of Ministers of the European Union (EU) to authorize the European Commission to begin discussions with the United States on a comprehensive trade and investment agreement.

“As a sector with significant investments on both sides of the Atlantic, BSA is delighted official talks can now move forward on how to establish stronger trade links between these two world-leading economies, particularly in digital trade,” said Thomas Boué, director of government affairs, EMEA for BSA. “We hope all parties seize the opportunity to make the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) an ambitious proposal that boosts business investment, economic growth, and job creation in the EU and US – and importantly, rapidly advances the digital economy by expanding trade in digital products and services.”

“We look forward to working closely with our partners on both sides of the Atlantic to move the TTIP discussions swiftly forward, and to establish a global blueprint for digital trade,” said Boué.
To fully capitalize on the opportunity presented by TTIP to boost transatlantic trade in digital products and services, BSA has the following recommendations for the European Commission and US Trade Representative:

  • Ensure there is broad coverage of services – allowing new technologies not yet developed to be incorporated into the agreement;
  • Oppose localization requirements, which would defeat the economies provided by data centers, cloud computing, and other digital services;
  • Open cross-border data flows, which will increase trade in digital products and services, such as cloud computing;
  • Reinforce intellectual properly protections to enable the creative economy
  • Liberalize government procurement to set a standard for a free and fair market for products and services from the federal to the local level;
  • Ensure transparency for state-owned enterprises and require the same obligations as the private sector when engaged in markets activity;
  • Defer to market-led, internationally-agreed technology standards instead of unique standards for each national market; and
  • Facilitate skilled labor mobility by reforming or streamlining the visa, labor market, and certification systems on both sides of the Atlantic.
About BSA

BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading global advocate for the software industry. It is an association of world-class companies that invest billions of dollars annually to create software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. Through international government relations, intellectual property enforcement and educational activities, BSA expands the horizons of the digital world and builds trust and confidence in the new technologies driving it forward.
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6/14/2013
About BSA

BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. With headquarters in Washington, DC and operations in more than 60 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.
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