Dr Alex Agius Saliba will be part of a delegation meeting on behalf of the EU parliament with tech giants Meta, Apple and Google.
From the 23rd and 27th of May, a delegation from the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will visit headquarters of these massive companies.
Agius Saliba was nominated by his Socialist and Democratic group as one of 8 parliamentary members to form part of the delegation. The aim of the initiative is to assess the latest digital developments in the US and EU.
Some of the main areas of concern are artificial intelligence, consumer production, online platforms as well as economic collaborations. Agius Saliba said that he will have the privilege of meeting with leaders within these global giants who constantly shape the worldwide landscape.
The delegation will also be visiting Airbnb, eBay, PayPal, HP, Cloudflare and Electronic Frontier Foundation. Through a marathon of meetings in Silicon Valley, Agius Saliba and his team will be trying to understand how to negotiate and understand the aims of these massive companies for the future of the EU.
He highlighted how the delegation meetings come at a very peculiar moment as deals which concern new digital regulations have been struck. These aim to give back EU control of its digital landscape, preserving democracy and create clear rules to minimise any potential harm.