EUTA AGM 2021 | Members convene online to reflect on a digital year like no other, and to plan Alliance activities for the year ahead

EUTA AGM 2021 | Members convene online to reflect on a digital year like no other, and to plan Alliance activities for the year ahead
16 April 2021 European Tech Alliance

EUTA AGM 2021 | Members convene online to reflect on a digital year like no other, and to plan Alliance activities for the year ahead

On 8 April 2021, the European Tech Alliance (EUTA) once again hosted members online for the Alliance’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The day’s activities commenced with a warm welcome and introductory remarks from the President of the EUTA, Kristin Skogen Lund, and Chair, Magdalena Piech. They both outlined their vision for the future of the EUTA and reflected on its continued success despite the coronavirus pandemic. Our leadership looked forward to the milestones and objectives the EUTA will work hard to achieve over the next 12 months.

Our President, acknowledging the difficulties and challenges we have all faced since March 2020 remarked that: “The pandemic has revealed the need for the EU tech sector to speak with a unified voice”.

As well as managing to adapt to the new digital normal for our activities, the EUTA enjoyed many successes throughout 2020. This includes a substantial growth in membership with 7 new members joining the EUTA’s ranks since the 2020 AGM, thus increasing the Alliance’s total members to 34 across 17 European countries.

Moreover, the EUTA marked its fifth anniversary event in November 2020. This celebratory occasion brought together key policymakers and top executives within the EUTA’s membership and was watched by hundreds of viewers online.

Despite the numerous challenges the pandemic has brought upon us all, the EUTA remains ambitious in bringing the voice and expertise of the leading European scale-ups to the fore. Members used the occasion of the AGM to discuss forward looking engagement plans that will ensure the voice of European tech champions continue to be amplified throughout 2021. The Chair restated her commitment to help guide the EUTA to its goals, Magdalena Piech, noted that this year will require “all hands-on deck”.

Members of the Alliance were joined by two distinguished guest speakers: Mathieu Weill, Head of Digital Economy at the French Ministry of the Economy and Kim Jørgensen, Head of Cabinet for Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager. Our guests engaged in fruitful discussions on current and upcoming digital policy files, whilst our members shared their experiences as leading European tech companies.

These discussions allowed the EUTA to present its position on digital files that were released over the course of the last year, for example, the EUTA’s recently published positions on the DSA and DMA. The EUTA is committed to playing its part in achieving Europe’s digital future.

The European Tech Alliance is looking forward to the year ahead and will continue to be the voice for European tech champions calling for a digital future that is fair and inclusive for all.

About the EUTA

The European Tech Alliance (EUTA) brings together and gives a voice to the major European digital champions, scaleups and leading start-ups. 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 EU competitiveness in the global tech space.