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DigitalEurope is the European organisation that represents the digital technology industry whose members include 61 major technology companies[1] and 37 national[2] trade associations.[3] It seeks to ensure industry participation in the development and implementation of EU policies" and has several working groups that focus on different aspects of policy—environment, trade, technical and regulatory and the digital economy.[4][5][6] Based in Brussels, Belgium, DigitalEurope represents over 10,000 companies with a combined annual revenue of over €3 trillion.[6]


DigitalEurope was formed in 1999 as the European Information and Communications Technology Industry Association (EICTA) by consolidating two former European organisations, ECTEL and EUROBIT, which represented the information and telecommunications industries.[7] EICTA expanded its scope to include the consumer electronics industry; on October 1, 2001, the association merged with the European Association of Consumer Electronics Manufacturers (EACEM). The new joint association changed its name to the European Information, Communications and Consumer Electronics Technology Industry Association (but kept its original acronym, EICTA).[8]

On March 12, 2009, EICTA rebranded as DigitalEurope to better reflect the importance of the consumer electronics sector in Europe and its slogan "Building Digital Europe".[7][9]

On September 5, 2014, DigitalEurope released an Ultra HD logo to certify companies that meet their technical requirements.[10][11] The technical requirements for the Ultra HD logo is that the display must have a resolution of at least 3840×2160, a video signal path that does not reduce the resolution, a minimum color space of Rec. 709, and HDMI input that supports HDCP 2.2 content protection.[12]

In November 2014, it published a paper called "Law Enforcement Access to Data in the European Cloud" that asks the European Commission to "consider filing an amicus brief" with a U.S. appellate court regarding Microsoft's legal challenge of a U.S. warrant for a Microsoft user's private emails. As DigitalEurope sees it, the fact that the data requested is stored on servers located in Dublin, Ireland, means that U.S. authorities should use mutual legal assistance treaties rather than strong-arming a U.S. multinational, which raises concerns about national sovereignty.[13][14]

Corporate members[edit]

Airbus, AMD, Amazon, Apple, Arçelik, Bidao, Bosch, Bose, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Brother, Canon, Cisco, Datev Dell, Dropbox, Epson, Ericsson, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, HP, Hitachi, HP, HSBC, Huawei, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, JVCKenwood, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Lenovo, Lexmark, LG Electronics, Loewe, Microsoft, Mastercard, Metro, MSD, Mitsubishi Electric Europe, Motorola Solutions, NEC, Nokia, Nvidia, Océ, OKI, Oracle, Palo Alto, Panasonic Europe, Philips, Pioneer, Qualcomm, Ricoh, Rockwell Automation, Samsung, SAP, SAS, Schneider Electric, Sharp, Siemens, Siemens Healthineers, Sony, Swatch Group, Tata Consultancy Services, Technicolor, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, TP Vision, Visa, VMWare, Xerox.[15]

National trade associations[edit]

Digital Agenda[edit]

In anticipation to the publication of Neelie Kroes's Digital Agenda,[16] DigitalEurope released a paper in May 2010 about Europe's digital future which was called A Transformational Agenda for the Digital Age DigitalEurope's Vision 2020.


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2015-08-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "About us". DigitalEurope. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Working Groups". DigitalEurope. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  5. ^ "About us". DigitalEurope. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Global Industry Approves Revision of Supply Chain Communication Guide on Declarable Substance Content in Electrotechnical Products". Consumer Electronics Association. May 22, 2012. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "EICTA rebrands itself as 'DIGITALEUROPE'". European Broadcasting Union. March 12, 2009. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  8. ^ "DIGITALEUROPE". Digital Video Broadcasting. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  9. ^ "DigitalEurope Statutes" (PDF). DigitalEurope. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  10. ^ "DIGITALEUROPE launches Ultra High Definition logo for new generation of screens on 5 September at IFA". DigitalEurope. September 5, 2014. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  11. ^ "DIGITALEUROPE launches Ultra High Definition logo for new generation of screens". DTG. September 5, 2014. Archived from the original on September 7, 2014. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  12. ^ "Technical Requirements". DigitalEurope. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  13. ^ "Law Enforcement Access to Data in the European Cloud".
  14. ^ Baker, Jennifer (14 November 2014). "Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals". The Register.
  15. ^ "Corporate Members". DigitalEurope. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  16. ^ "Digital Agenda: Commission outlines action plan to boost Europe's prosperity and well-being". European Commission. May 19, 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2014.

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