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EU and Brazil to reinforce cooperation ahead of 12th Digital Economy Dialogue

On 9 December 2021, Roberto Viola, Director-General of Communications Networks, met with Artur Coimbra de Oliveira, Secretary of Telecommunications at the Ministry of Communications of Brazil, to discuss joint cooperation ahead of the next EU-Brazil Digital Economy Dialogue.

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The exchange was followed by a session between the respective teams of the European Commission and the Ministry of Communications of Brazil, where they discussed connectivity, digital markets, AI, data and cooperation in multilateral fora.

The meeting was an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of the 12-year Strategic Partnership between the EU and Brazil and the long-standing EU-Brazil Digital Economy Dialogue, highlighting key achievements in the past year such as the inauguration of the EllaLink cable connecting Portugal directly to Brazil, co-funded by the EU through the BELLA programme.

The partners identified next steps to advance towards the 12th edition of the EU-Brazil Digital Economy Dialogue to be held in 2022, including the organisation of joint workshops on topics of common interest ranging from connectivity to regulatory issues and Internet governance.


The 11th EU-Brazil Digital Economy Dialogue took place on 26 November 2019 in Brussels. The EU and Brazil established a strategic partnership in 2007, where Science and Technology is one of the most active areas. The bilateral agreement was renewed for another five years in 2017. Ongoing cooperation focuses on cloud computing, high-performance computing and experimental platforms. Further topics to be explored include platform regulation, Artificial Intelligence, 5G, cloud and the Internet of Things and values and principles for the digital transformation.

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