Since coming into office nearly three years ago, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has made “A Europe Fit for the Digital Age” a pillar of the Commission’s work. With promises in policy papers to “secure digital sovereignty” for Europe, “digital sovereignty” has become a guiding principle for the Commission’s regulatory proposals.

Three years on, what does “digital sovereignty” mean in practice? While the term remains a nebulous and controversial term in Brussels and in capitals around Europe, digital sovereignty in practice carries outsized implications for the transatlantic relationship. The Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act, for example, form the most notable additions to the EU’s regulatory push with effects for predominantly at US tech firms.

Join the Europe Center for an update on the European Union’s push for “digital sovereignty,” what it means in practice, and what implications it holds for the future of transatlantic relations. This discussion will also feature of discussion of the Europe Center’s most recent report Digital sovereignty in practice: The EU’s push to shape the new global economy.

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Peter Harrell
Senior Director for International Economics and Competitiveness
White House National Security Council

Werner Stengg

Cabinet Expert, Cabinet of Executive-Vice President Margrethe Vestager

European Commission

Thibaut L’Ortye
Director of Public Affairs
AmCham EU

Moderated by

Mark Scott
Chief Technology Correspondent

Read the report


Nov 2, 2022

Digital sovereignty in practice: The EU’s push to shape the new global economy

By Frances Burwell, Kenneth Propp

What does the European Union’s push for “digital sovereignty” mean in practice? Frances Burwell and Ken Propp provide an update to digital sovereignty and its transatlantic impacts.

Digital Policy Economy & Business

The Europe Center promotes leadership, strategies, and analysis to ensure a strong, ambitious, and forward-looking transatlantic relationship.