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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.

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It is hard to imagine life without modern telecommunications systems and the Internet, and the technological benefits of the digital age seem to be just beginning. However, the Internet poses considerable political, social and economic challenges.

What digital world do we want?

The strength of the Internet lies in its open, distributed nature. A resilient, secure and robust Internet and the protection of fundamental rights online are essential to build user trust. The European digital economy must take full advantage of the innovation power of the Internet.

The vision of the European Commission is summarised in the COMPACT concept: the Internet as a space of civic responsibilities. It would be one unfragmented resource governed through a multi-stakeholder approach to promote democracy and human rights. The Internet would be based on sound technological architecture that encourages confidence and facilitates transparent governance of the underlying infrastructure and the services which run on top of it.

What are our goals?

  • To defend and promote fundamental rights and democratic values, using a model that enables the participation of all stakeholders.
  • To ensure that Europe plays a leading role in this area, reaching out to developing countries and maintaining an inclusive dialogue with all players.
  • To ensure that international rules are in line with EU legislation and policy.
  • To engage in capacity-building in countries and regions that need help to understand and deal with Internet-related policies. In this context, the creation of the Global Internet Policy Observatory will play a key role as a resource for the global community.
  • To ensure everyone sees the benefits of a bottom-up and inclusive approach to the governance of the Internet.

The European Commission actively engages at international level to discussions on the evolution of global internet and telecommunications. This action is carried out in various international organisations, fora and technical bodies.

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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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