The election of Joe Biden as 46th President of the United States has enabled a re-set of transatlantic relations, including cooperation on tech policies. New lighthouse project is the EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council (TTC). Important topics include digital supply chain security, regulatory convergence, the responsibility of online platforms, and free data flow with high standards and safeguards. However, cooperation on these issues does not always come automatically as interest and regulatory approaches of the transatlantic partners often diverge. The Digitalization and Transatlantic Relations focal area promotes exchange on the future of the transatlantic technology partnership between Germany, the European Union, and the United States.
Although expectations for the new EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council are high, the question remains whether the EU and the United States can find common ground on the key digital policy issues of our time. As one of the most important players in the EU, Germany has an essential role and responsibility in this regard.
Despite the recent realignment of transatlantic cooperation and the creation of the EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council, the interests and approaches of the United States and the EU to the digital economy often diverge. The German-American Trade and Tech Dialogue of the Aspen Institute Germany promotes a comprehensive exchange on the future of the technology partnership. Topics on the agenda will be, among others: standards and norms, export controls and investment screening, trade, and cyber security.