CODE coalition advocates for open digital ecosystems to drive EU growth and innovation

The Coalition for Open Digital Ecosystems held its first event in Brussels, advocating for the importance of open digital ecosystems in the EU.

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The Coalition for Open Digital Ecosystems (CODE), a collaborative industry initiative launched in late 2023 by tech giants like Meta, Google and Qualcomm, held its first public event in Brussels advocating for open digital ecosystems to stimulate growth, foster innovation, and empower consumers, particularly within the challenging global context of the EU’s economy. The event hosted a high-level panel discussion with representatives from Meta, BEUC, the European Parliament and Copenhagen Business School. 

Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon gave an interview to Euractiv where he emphasised CODE’s three key elements of openness – seamless connectivity and interoperability, consumer choice, an an environment of open access. These elements aim to enhance user experience, maintain data access, and provide fair access to digital tools for developers, particularly smaller companies and startups. Amon highlighted the importance of interoperability and fair access for developers, especially as platforms evolve and become more relevant for various devices, including cars. He also stressed the need to provide fair access for smaller companies with new ideas to participate and reach customers in a competitive environment.

He said that Qualcomm is focused on developing computing engines, such as the Neural Processing Unit (NPU), which is designed to run all the time and handle multiple models. This development aims to add computing capability to various devices while addressing the challenge of integrating this new engine into devices without compromising battery life. Amon also expressed a positive view of the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA), applauding the European regulatory leadership for their focus on the importance of open and interoperable platforms. 

Why does it matter?

The panel discussion envisioned a positive scenario for the European digital agenda, highlighting the importance of openness, interoperability, and collaboration for consumers, businesses, and innovation. CODE’s emergence as a new stakeholder in the Brussels digital, tech, and competition policy space highlights the growing recognition of the importance of open digital ecosystems in fostering growth, innovation, and consumer empowerment within the EU’s digital landscape.