FEB 18, 2021 | EUROPEAN UNION | EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
BSA Welcomes EU Trade Strategy, Urges Europe to Keep Advocating for Open and Fair Digital Trade on Global Stage
BRUSSELS – February 18, 2021 – BSA | The Software Alliance welcomes the strong focus on digital trade and data flows in the EU’s new trade strategy unveiled today, offering the following statement.
“An estimated 60 percent of global GDP will be digitized by 2022. At a time of economic hardship for many countries, digital trade is a beacon for recovery, providing opportunities for job creation, economic growth, and innovation enabled by data-driven technologies,” said Isabelle Roccia, Senior Manager, Policy – EMEA at BSA. “In its trade review released today, the Commission rightly highlights the strategic importance of cross-border data, openness, and international cooperation. BSA is delighted that digital trade ranks so high on the EU's priority list – this is critical to ensuring that data flows freely in a privacy-protective way.”
“Europe has an opportunity to be a global advocate for open and fair digital trade,” Roccia added. “Cooperation with like-minded partners – including Australia, Japan, Singapore, and the United States – will be essential to drive global convergence and promote a modern digital trade rulebook at the WTO. It will also be important that the EU’s trade strategy and internal market policies align, particularly on data flows and market access conditions.”
BSA |“软件联盟”(www.bsa.org) 是全球软件行业的主要倡导者，旨在代表该行业，向政府和国际市场发声。其成员包括全球最具创新力的公司，这些公司制定的软件解决方案，不但能够刺激经济，还能提升现代生活的品质。
BSA 的总部位于华盛顿特区，其营运机构遍布 30 多个国家。BSA 凭借这些机构，率先涉足合规项目，以期促进使用合法软件、倡导制定公共政策，并以此培养技术创新能力，以及推动发展数字经济。