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As more countries are inspired by the European digital model, European companies have more opportunities to do business, creating more jobs for citizens.

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The European Commission cooperates with many countries, international organisations and multilateral fora to represent Europe's interests and actively promote the benefits of the EU’s digital strategy.

Africa

In the Political Guidelines for the European Commission 2019-2024, President Ursula von der Leyen called for a new comprehensive strategy with Africa to support the continent in approaching local challenges with its own solutions.

Americas

The digital economy & society is now firmly part of the agenda for the EU's relations with the Americas. The EU works with Latin America and the Caribbean, Brazil, Mexico, the USA and Canada.

Asia-Pacific

Asia is a vibrant economic region of the world, with dynamic markets and a strong innovation capacity. The EU works with a number of countries and regions in the area. 

EU Neighbours

The European Commission works closely with third countries geographically close to the European Union. These include EFTA and EEA countries, Switzerland, candidate countries, and southern neighbours.

Global internet and telecommunications

The European Commission works at the international level with other global players to shape the developments of the internet and the telecommunications world. The vision of the European Commission is summarised in the COMPACT concept: the Internet as a space of civic responsibilities. 

International organisations and multilateral fora

The EU seeks to advance the European approach to the digital transformation through agreements reached with international organisations and fora. It works with the UN, the G7 and G20, the OECD, the Council of Europe and many other organisations. 

Regional and bilateral relations

Regional and bilateral relations focus on market access for European companies and on promoting a sound and transparent regulatory global environment. The Commission aims to foster a regulatory system that is close to, and compatible with, the EU legal framework. 

 

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Digital Day 2021: EU countries commit to key digital initiatives for Europe's Digital Decade

Today, at the online Digital Day 2021, Ministers representing EU Member States signed three Declarations to pool efforts and resources to promote international connectivity, incentivise the rollout of clean digital technologies and improve the regulatory environment for start-ups and scale-ups. These tangible commitments will help accelerate Europe’s green and digital transformation and will contribute to the vision and goals of Europe's Digital Decade.

DIGIBYTE |
Digital Day 2021: Europe to reinforce internet connectivity with global partners

At Digital Day 2021, 25 Member States, as well as Iceland and Norway, committed to reinforcing internet connectivity between Europe and its partners in Africa, Asia, the European neighbourhood, the Western Balkans and Latin America, by signing the Declaration on “European Data Gateways as a key element of the EU’s Digital Decade”.

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International Relations

The European Union works with countries around the world and international organisations to ensure technology helps to improve lives everywhere.

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EU Neighbours

The European Commission works closely with third countries geographically close to the European Union.

Africa

The digital transformation offers Africa tremendous opportunities.

Regional and bilateral relations

Regional and bilateral relations focus on market access for European companies and on promoting a sound and transparent regulatory global environment.

Global Internet and telecommunications

The European Commission works at international level with other global players to shape the developments of the Internet and the telecommunications world.

Asia-Pacific

Asia is a vibrant economic region of the world, with dynamic markets and a strong innovation capacity.

Americas

The digital economy & society is now firmly part of the agenda for the EU's relations with the Americas.