EU Global Strategy

EU Member States G20 Digital Economy and Trade Ministerial

Brussels, 08/06/2019 - 22:00, UNIQUE ID: 190610_4
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EU News 100/2019

On the occasion of the G20 Ministerial for Trade and the Digital Economy, the EU and its Member States thank Japan for its leadership on advancing discussions on the most important topics of the digital economy, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), digital security, cross border data flows, as well as strategies to bridge the emerging digital divides.

The EU and its Member States support Japan‘s Data Free Flow with Trust initiative, which would facilitate the cross border flow of data among countries with high levels of privacy protection, data security, and intellectual property rights. This builds on the mutual adequacy decisions that the EU and Japan reached in January that creates the world’s largest area of safe data flows. We also agreed to cooperate in order to develop convergence between frameworks.

The EU and its Member States would like to thank Japan for making human centric AI a priority of its G20 presidency. The EU has placed trust, transparency, accountability and respect for privacy at the heart of its recent ethics guidelines. In line with these guidelines, with the discussions regarding the launch of an International Panel on Artificial Intelligence (IPAI), and based also on the OECD guidelines issued in May, the EU and its Member States support strong G20 ethics principles.

The creation of a human centred digital society depends on a free, open and secure cyber space, as outlined in the recently launched Paris call for trust and security in cyberspace. The EU and its Member States will work towards enhancing the level of security of digital processes, products and services. Within the G20 we can work towards the sharing of good practices in capacity building, a risk-based and multi-stakeholder approach.

The EU and its Member States share also with their G20 partners the commitment to bridge the many digital divides, particularly with reference to gender and vulnerable groups, and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

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