L’UE crée des normes techniques d’exclusion dans une offre protectionniste pour la cybersouveraineté, selon un nouveau rapport

L’Union européenne s’est engagée à travailler avec les États-Unis sur des normes techniques pour les technologies nouvelles et émergentes par le biais de l’UE-États-Unis. Conseil du commerce et de la technologie (TTC).

Yet in a series of recent policy changes it has begun systematically excluding U.S. and other foreign experts from its standards-setting processes in a protectionist bid to favor local companies and achieve cybersovereignty, according to a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading think tank for science and technology policy.

“Europe has taken a major protectionist turn on tech standards,” said Nigel Cory, associate director of trade policy at ITIF, who authored the new report. “Experts from U.S. firms have a long record of engaging with the EU in good faith on tech standards. But now the Commission claims for no defensible reason that U.S. firms are a threat, lumping them into the same category as Chinese firms. It has started excluding U.S. experts from standards processes on the dubious pretext that it is defending European ‘values’ and ‘interests’, but the evidence suggests the real ‘values’ and ‘interests’ the Commission is protecting are mercantilist. It is certainly not defending the more virtuous tradition of free and open trade and democracy it professes to champion at the TTC.