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.
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.
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 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.
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.