European Union (EU)

The EU deals with Internet Governance issues at various levels.

  • The first EU Digital Summit took place in 2017 in Tallinn, when Estonia first held the Presidency of the European Council. The European Council and its various Ministerial Conferences (Economic Affairs, Home Affairs, Justice, Foreign Affairs) all deal with Internet issues. A High Level Working Group on Internet Governance (HLWGIG) coordinates the activities of the 28 EU members.

  • In the European Commission, Vice President Andrus Ansip and Commissioner Maria Gabriel are both responsible for Internet issues. Priority in the Commission's work has the development of the digital single market, data protection and copyright. At the EU administrative level, the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) under Director General Robert Viola, a department of the European Commission, is responsible for Internet Governance.

  • The European Parliament has repeatedly dealt with Internet issues since the late 1990s, especially when specific legislative projects of the European Commission were on the agenda. The European Parliament is one of the strongest supporters of the IGF and EURODIG.

  • The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) was established by the European Union in 2004. Based in Iraklion, Crete, ENISA's tasks include promoting network and information security (NIS) within the EU and developing a culture of network and information security for citizens, consumers, businesses and public-sector organisations.

  • The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is a standardisation organisation based in Sophia Antipolis near Nice, France. ETSI is recognised by the EU as a standardisation organisation and aims at creating globally applicable standards for information and communication technologies.


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