SIIA Expresses Disappointment on Lack of Data Flows Provision in EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

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SIIA Expresses Disappointment in Lack of Data Flows Provision in EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Washington D.C. (July 6, 2017) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, commented on the lack of a firm data flows commitment in the EU-Japan FTA. 

SIIA Senior Vice President for Public Policy, Mark MacCarthy, issued the following statement:

“While we congratulate the EU and Japan for having concluded a trade agreement, leaving data flows out of the agreement is disappointing.  A trade agreement without meaningful data flows commitments will not promote trade in 21st Century goods and services.   

“We hope the EU and Japan are able to move forward with an ambitious data flows measure after the further consultations that are called for in the agreement.

“SIIA notes that the Commission letter to the Member States on EU G20 objectives is ambitious with respect to digital issues. Unfortunately, the EU-Japan FTA does not reflect that level of ambition.”


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