On 15 October 2020, EU member state signatories agreed to work together towards a European cloud federation initiative to shape the next generation secure, energy-efficient and interoperable cloud supply for Europe. The European Commission and the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union welcomed the political will expressed by 25 member states on the next generation cloud for Europe. This secure and competitive cloud offering is essential to provide the trustworthy data processing infrastructure and services that public administrations, businesses and citizens require in Europe.
Europe is pushing for more independence from cloud giants in the US and China with GAIA-X, which aims to create an ecosystem of cloud and data services protected by EU laws. GAIA-X is an initiative that hopes to create a unified ecosystem of cloud and data services protected by European data laws.