San Francisco, 23 June 2023 (TDI): The EU Commission has formally opened its new office in San Francisco. Commissioner Thierry Breton formally inaugurated the European Union’s office in San Francisco, marking a significant milestone in the EU’s commitment to transatlantic technological cooperation.

In his remarks, Commissioner Breton emphasized the shared values of trust, accountability, and transparency in the digital sphere between the European Union and the United States.

As a global leader in digital solutions and the development of policies that prioritize a human-centric approach to the Internet and digital technologies, the European Union has actively sought partnerships with like-minded countries worldwide, particularly the United States.

The establishment of the EU office in San Francisco is a tangible outcome of the 2021 EU-US Summit’s joint commitment to enhancing transatlantic technological collaboration. It also aligns with the conclusions on Digital Diplomacy adopted by the EU Foreign Affairs Council previously.

The primary objective of the EU office in San Francisco is to promote EU standards, technologies, digital policies, and regulatory models.

By strengthening cooperation with stakeholders in the United States, the office aims to advance the work of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council, an important platform for bilateral discussions on trade, technology, and digital cooperation.

Operating under the authority of the EU Delegation in Washington, DC, the office will work closely with headquarters in Brussels and collaborate with the consulates of EU Member States in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Initially, the office will share premises with the Irish Consulate, facilitating close collaboration with EU Member States and local stakeholders.

The opening of the EU office in San Francisco reaffirms the EU’s commitment to fostering collaboration and exchanging best practices in the digital realm with the United States.

By establishing a physical presence in Silicon Valley, the EU aims to promote its values and expertise while forging closer ties with key actors in the technology industry.

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The office will serve as a hub for advancing transatlantic technological cooperation, promoting digital policies that protect citizens’ rights and interests, and supporting the development of a thriving digital economy on both sides of the Atlantic.

As Commissioner Breton concluded his speech, he expressed his optimism about the future of EU-US cooperation in the digital sphere, emphasizing the importance of working together to address global challenges and harness the transformative power of technology for the benefit of all.

The EU office in San Francisco stands as a symbol of the strong partnership between the European Union and the United States in shaping the digital landscape and championing shared values in the digital age.