22 November 2023

On 14 November 2023, MEP Pilar del Castillo hosted a roundtable discussion on an EU-US common approach on digital regulation, featuring Neema Singh Guliani, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, and Alejandro Cainzos, Member of Cabinet to European Commission Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager.

Roundtable discussion on an EU-US common approach on digital regulation


Pilar del Castillo MEP highlighted the need for closer transatlantic cooperation in the digital realm, emphasizing the importance of a joint approach to digital regulation. She mentioned the disruptive uptake of data and innovation and the need for the U.S. and E.U. to exchange views on digital regulation initiatives. MEP del Castillo pointed out the need for cooperation in various sectors, including artificial intelligence (AI), quantum technology, and cybersecurity. She also stressed the importance of aligning regulatory initiatives for the digital world.

Alejandro Cainzos, in his address, reflected on the progress made in the EU-US partnership, particularly since the start of the current administration. He spoke about the convergence of approaches in digital regulation and the importance of trust-building and cooperation. Mr Cainzos highlighted the value of the Transatlantic Trade and Technology Council (TTC) in facilitating this cooperation. He discussed the progress in privacy and digital taxes, as well as the development of a common approach to regulation. Alejandro Cainzos also touched upon the successes in semiconductor agreements, development finance in digital infrastructure, and initiatives in emerging technologies like 6G and quantum computing. He emphasized the importance of these collaborations for global digital transitions and the need to ensure secure and trustworthy digital infrastructure.

Overall, the speeches underscored the significance of EU-US collaboration in shaping the future digital landscape, focusing on shared values, strategic cooperation, and the development of common regulatory approaches in the digital domain.