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Germany, France Hope Cloud Data Project to Boost Sovereignty

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German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier addressing the media.

Germany and France launched a project to establish a European cloud computing platform.

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Germany and France have launched a project to establish a European cloud computing platform, in order to advance European economic sovereignty in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and liberate European nations from dependence on U.S. and Chinese cloud providers.

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier and French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said 22 companies from both nations will develop the GAIA-X platform, and Le Maire emphasized the value of interoperability, allowing companies to easily transition to the new system without losing data.

Altmaier said, "Everyone who wants to have the label of GAIA-X will have to respect and to satisfy several sets of rules," including regulations on interoperability and data migration.

Germany and France hope a prototype GAIA-X platform will be online by early next year, and will be accessible to users from outside Europe that pledge to comply with European standards.

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