EUTA AGM brings members together online to plan for an ambitious year ahead

EUTA AGM brings members together online to plan for an ambitious year ahead
19 May 2020 European Tech Alliance

EUTA AGM brings members together online to plan for an ambitious year ahead

On 19 May, the European Tech Alliance (EUTA) hosted members online for our virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Members were welcomed by the EUTA’s President, Gianpiero Lotito, and Chair, Magdalena Piech, who praised the achievements of the EUTA, giving an overview of our wide-ranging activities over the past year and looked towards the Alliance’s future work and ambitions, in striving for a globally competitive European tech sector and facilitating the EU’s future recovery

“The Covid-19 emergency is an accelerator. I see a new beginning ahead of us in Europe. European Tech Champions, ecosystem builders and a network of Small Valleys all connected across Europe will play a major role to nurture the scale up of a thriving European Tech Industry for Europe to compete at global level after so many years as a follower,” said Gianpiero Lotito.

This year represents a pivotal moment for the EUTA as we celebrate our fifth anniversary. Launched in October 2015, the EUTA now represents over 30 European tech champions and scale-ups across the region and industry. The AGM provided an opportunity for members to discuss the achievements of the Alliance and set new priorities for the coming year, particularly in light of the political impetus behind digitisation.

“2020 marks the five-year anniversary of the EUTA, throughout these years our mission has been to represent the voice of Europe’s dynamic tech scaleups and foster a collaborative community amongst our members. Moving forward our mission is ever more critical as we traverse through the current crisis. We will continue to serve as a reliable conduit between policymakers and our sector, raising awareness around the challenges we face and the opportunities that exist for nurturing European scales ups’ growth and competitiveness,” Magda Piech added.

Members recognised the renewed need for European Tech Companies to have a voice in the debate and to reflect the diversity of views represented in our home-grown tech ecosystem. New priorities for stakeholder engagement were set to ensure European tech companies are consulted and our experiences shared with policymakers. The insights of our members are now more valuable than ever in shaping Europe’s digital future and seizing the opportunities that technology can bring to promote growth, recovery, and competitiveness in Europe.

To shape these ambitions, members welcomed representatives from the EU institutions to give insight on the EU’s priorities for the coming year. Members of the Alliance exchanged views with Filomena Chirico, Member of Cabinet of Commissioner Thierry Breton, on the intentions of the European Commission regarding its digital priorities in light of the COVID-19 crisis and the forthcoming Digital Services Act. This was followed by discussions with Eva Maydell MEP, who outlined and discussed the European Parliament’s priorities in digital including vital areas of focus such as digital skills and the EU data strategy.

These discussions furthermore allowed the Alliance to present its position on key files published during the year, such as on AI and the DSA, whilst continuing its commitment to engage with policymakers about how the European digital sector can flourish.

The European Tech Alliance is looking forward to the year ahead as we continue to provide a strong voice for European tech and share our expertise in shaping Europe’s Digital Future.

 

About the EUTA

The European Tech Alliance (EUTA) brings together and gives a voice to the major European digital champions, scaleups and leading startups. We believe that Europe is good at tech and our sector is driving jobs and growth across the continent. With an overarching goal of fostering innovation in Europe, EUTA members are keen to provide expert insights to the EU institutions and promote the EU competitiveness in the global tech space.