Observation: Why are the European Commission's technical consultations crucial for the Circular Economy actors?
In February 2020, the European Commission opened two consultations on strategies of key importance for Europe's future.
European organisations and citizens must respond before May 19th, 2020 via an online survey after having read the two White Books.
Within the framework of our missions, we wanted to join forces and help encourage the actors of the European Circular Economy to participate.
The European Commission's strategies on data and AI are interlinked and quite decisive for the development and future of the European Tech Model. If we wish to build a more inclusive, sustainable, digital economy that respects fundamental human rights and is distinctly different from the Chinese and American models, the actors of the Circular Economy – as shown in the front during the Covid crisis19 – must lead it.
However, to date, European Circular Economy actors are not specifically targeted, nor sufficiently consulted to respond to European consultations on Tech issues, whereas:
- They are the producers of key data on the issues that the EU is prioritizing, such as health, ecological transition, etc.
- They represent good grounds for testing of technical solutions.
Circular Economy organizations use already, or are likely to use AI: they also have actors in tech and ideally should be able to produce it, in order propose different counter-models/algorithms that are close to their values.
Social utility actors can contribute in developing "humane and ethical" labels and act as trusted third parties in awarding them. They cannot be dismissed as representatives of civil society.
Objectives of this SOGA EU consultation
Our three objectives for European Circular Economy actors through this consultation:
- Encourage members of the European Circular Economy to respond overwhelmingly to the European Data Strategy survey
- Make the AI survey accessible and include each action proposed in each of the axes
- Show the contribution that could be made by social utility actors, under two aspects: 1) Prioritization of actions according to the needs of the social utility sector and 2) Comment on the actions proposed to better integrate the needs and skills of social utility actors.
- Propose a collective response in a well-argued policy paper
Targets of the SOGA EU consultation
1. European start-ups and social SMEs which have technology at the heart of their business model
2. Chief Digital Officers of large nonprofit’s/foundations
3. Researchers with a legal approach