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ALT-EDIC

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Alliance for Language Technologies EDIC

Preserving linguistic and cultural diversity in Europe and promoting technological excellence and leadership

In January 2023, the entry into force of the Digital Decade Policy Programme 2030 established a new implementation mechanism for multi-country projects, i.e., large-scale initiatives harnessing the collective resources of Member States and supporting the Union’s digital transformation. This new instrument is the EDIC or European Digital Infrastructure Consortium.

EDICs have been inspired by the provisions on ERICs or European Research Innovation Consortia, but extend them beyond the research remit. They aim to provide a legal framework to invest in multi-country projects: EDICs will help Member States coordinate funding for these projects and streamline their set-up and implementation in a flexible and efficient way. EDICs will also ensure common standards and interoperability.

For more information on what an EDIC is and what its main features are, please have a look at our News section.

The Alliance for Language Technologies

One of the EDICs under preparation is the ALT-EDIC, the Alliance for Language Technologies. Coordinated by France, this initiative currently brings together twenty Member States, fifteen as fully-fledged members and five as observers.

Its mission is to develop a common European infrastructure in Language Technologies to achieve digital sovereignty in the domain and uphold Europe’s linguistic diversity and cultural richness.

At present, the ALT-EDIC’s action plan focuses on six thematic areas:

LDS and ALT-EDIC Relationship

What do LDS and ALT-EDIC have in common?

The LDS and ALT-EDIC are connected initiatives, as they share more than just the common aim of contributing to advancing Europe's digital autonomy and technical sovereignty.