Europe’s digital sovereignty in a new world order: The view from Spain

An uncertain geopolitical backdrop marked by rising tensions between world tech leaders China and the USA adds to the sense of urgency, making Europe's digital sovereignty more important than ever

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Guests

Manuel Muñíz, Secretary of State for Global Spain, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation

Enrique Medina, Chief Policy Officer, Telefónica S.A.

Jeremy Shapiro, Research Director, European Council on Foreign Relations

Chaired by

José Ignacio Torreblanca, Head of the Madrid Office and Senior Policy Fellow

Carla Hobbs, Programme Coordinator, European Council on Foreign Relations

The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), in collaboration with the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation and Telefónica S.A., cordially invites you to take part in an off-the-record virtual discussion on Europe´s digital sovereignty in a new world order: The view from Spain.

The Covid-19 pandemic has galvanised Europe in its drive for enhanced digital capabilities and independence. The increased reliance on technology to not only sustain the bloc’s economies and societies but to even combat the spread of the virus itself, has given rise to fundamental questions of who owns the technologies of today and tomorrow, who produces them, and who sets and regulates standards. An uncertain geopolitical backdrop marked by rising tensions between world tech leaders China and the USA adds to the sense of urgency, making Europe’s digital sovereignty – that is, Europe’s ability to act independently and to protect its interests in the digital world – more important than ever.