POSTPONED: “Combining Fair Competition & Access to Strategic Sectors – Is European Trade Policy Too Good For Its Own Good?”
In light of the many trade and security challenges that the EU is currently facing, SME Europe on the EPP is willing to encourage a broad EU institutional debate on unfair competition from third countries and foreign access to EU strategic sectors. Non-EU companies that do not follow market economy principles are increasingly winning public procurement contracts in Europe, to the detriment of Western competitors that play by the rules and do not benefit from the same financial advantages.
In addition, it has become apparent that contracts or concessions won by foreign state-owned enterprises and other unfairly subsidised companies in strategic sectors present significant data security risks for the EU, including the transfer of personal data or commercial secrets. This is for example the case of drones, 5G network and airport security.