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Industrial alliances: Commissioner Breton chairs first meeting of European Alliance for Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud

On 14 December, the thirty-nine confirmed first members of the European Alliance for Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud convened for the first time at a kick-off event hosted by the Commission.

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This meeting formally launches the start of the operational work of the Alliance.

Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton said ahead of the meeting:

Data will transform the way we produce, consume and live. And Europe has all it takes to lead the ‘big data' economy. With the European Alliance for Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud, companies will define an ambitious investment roadmap to develop and deploy next generation computing technologies. With energy-efficient, highly secure and interoperable solutions, we will enable the uptake of new digital technologies, provide businesses and public administrations with a trusted framework to process data, and strengthen the position of EU industry.

The main task of the Alliance will be to bring together a wide range of industrial players that are prepared to work together to strengthen the EU's position on the next generation of cloud and edge technologies. The Alliance will serve the specific needs of EU citizens, businesses, and the public sector to securely process highly sensitive data. It will define plans to develop the technologies needed for Europe's digital sovereignty. It will also provide a strategic platform to foster the competitiveness of the EU industry on cloud and edge technologies.

The Commission launched in July 2021 a call for Applications to join the Alliance. All interested and eligible organisations are still invited to apply.

The Alliance stems from the European Data Strategy and it was supported by all 27 EU Member States in the Declaration on European Cloud from October 2020.