The Atlantic Council established the Transatlantic Digital Marketplace Initiative (TDMI) in 2015 with the goal of fostering greater US-EU understanding and cooperation on digital matters. Specifically, the initiative examines US and EU policy perspectives on digital issues and convenes leaders from both sides of the Atlantic working in this space.

In 2018, TDMI developed a simulation designed to introduce national security experts to the importance – and challenges — of digitalization. TDMI has run the simulation in Washington, Paris, and Berlin, and looks forward to bringing it to new cities and audiences in 2020.

data, EU, travel

Issue Brief

Jul 1, 2021

Avoiding the next transatlantic security crisis: The looming clash over passenger name record data

By Kenneth Propp

The transfer of PNR—personal data of air travelers including names, addresses, telephone numbers, credit card information, even meal preferences and details that can indicate ethnicity, religious belief, or political affiliation—on international flights has become a common practice world-wide since the September 11th attacks.

Digital Policy European Union
Breton- on digital sovereignty

Issue Brief

Jun 22, 2020

The European Union and the search for digital sovereignty: Building “Fortress Europe” or preparing for a new world?

By Frances Burwell, Kenneth Propp

However the EU redefines sovereignty post-COVID-19—including technological or digital sovereignty—the impact will not be limited to Europe and European companies.

Digital Policy Economy & Business

Issue Brief

Feb 18, 2020

The next phase of digitalization in Central and Eastern Europe: 2020 and beyond

By Frances Burwell, Jörn Fleck

The countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) possess fundamental strengths that uniquely position the region to capitalize on the next wave of digitalization – solid education systems, a large talent pool of “STEM” graduates, widely adopted digitally enabled services, and fewer technology legacies. But, these advantages alone do not mean that Central and Eastern […]

Central Europe Digital Policy

Issue Brief

Sep 12, 2019

US surveillance on trial in Europe: Will transatlantic digital commerce be collateral damage?

By Kenneth Propp

In this issue brief, Kenneth Propp, non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative, examines the existing transatlantic data-transfer mechanisms, the landmark court case that could invalidate them, and the divergent US and EU approaches to data transfers across borders and privacy standards.

Digital Policy Europe & Eurasia


May 8, 2018

Making America first in the digital economy: The case for engaging Europe

By Frances Burwell

In an age of transatlantic tensions over the Iran deal, trade balances, and steel tariffs, digital policy is uniquely poised to offer opportunities for greater US-EU cooperation. At the same time, the digital arena also has the potential to be a policy minefield, with issues such as privacy, digital taxation, and competition policy still unresolved. […]

Digital Policy Economy & Business


Oct 11, 2016

Into the clouds: European SMEs and the digital age

By Tyson E. Barker

Cloud computing, which relies on automatically available services, including storage, that can be shared among devices, is considered crucial to the digital transformation of industry and the economy. But fundamental questions remain on the role of cloud computing in Europe and the best strategies for fostering the conditions necessary for a barrier-free transatlantic digital economy. […]

Digital Policy Europe & Eurasia


Apr 6, 2016

Building a Transatlantic Digital Marketplace: Twenty Steps Toward 2020

By Atlantic Council’s Task Force on Advancing a Transatlantic Digital Agenda

The United States and the European Union (EU) have a historic opportunity—perhaps their last—to be leaders in building the digital market of the future. To do so, they must seize the opportunity to create a transatlantic digital single market stretching from Silicon Valley to Tallinn, Estonia. Together, they can give a new burst of energy […]

Digital Policy European Union


Past Events

The Transatlantic Digital Marketplace Initiative regularly hosts high-level officials working on digital policy from both the US and EU for organized off-the-record sessions and public events.

Event Recap

Dec 6, 2019

Digital Policy Simulation – Paris, Berlin

On Tuesday, November 19, the Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Digital Marketplace Initiative organized a running of its Digital Policy simulation in Paris. This was co-organized with the Institut Montaigne, and hosted at Linedata Services. Institut Montaigne recruited about 20 players, a mix of tech and cybersecurity experts and national security analysts. On Thursday, November 21, the […]

Digital Policy European Union