Our vision is to promote the EU position on Internet governance globally along with the COMPACT principles, as well as manage the .eu enabling the ccTLD (country code top-level domain) to grow further.
Our priority is to build on on-going discussions (in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), G8, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Council of Europe) to ensure that any International initiative taken, remains compatible with the Commissioner's COMPACT principles: Civic responsibility; One internet; Multi-stakeholder governance of the Internet; Pro-democracy; Architecture matters; Confidence of users and Transparent governance.Concrete priorities within the on-going tasks include:
The unit will furthermore cooperate with the Internet Policy Task Force on an overall global architecture for Internet governance.The management of .eu requires substantial and adequate resources, the monitoring of EURid 's implementation, the current tendering and contracting as well as the amendment of the .eu Regulation are resource and time consuming.
The current multi stakeholder approach to Internet governance is very complex and lacks both transparency and accountability in order for all actors to fully adhere to the way the internet is currently governed. We need to ensure that the global principles for Internet governance continue to develop in line with our internet COMPACT, through enhanced coordination with EU Member States and proactive presence in international fora. Furthermore, the Commission, in cooperation with the EEAS, will present an EU vision for Internet governance as part of the overall internet strategy.The current institutional set up needs to be strengthened and streamlined, including the functioning of the Governmental advisory Committee (GAC) to ICANN and an IGF better focused on main challenges in producing concrete deliverables. The complexity of the current multi stakeholder approach to Internet Governance has to be further developed in a comprehensible manner so as to ensure inclusiveness of all actors. The establishment of GIPO will contribute to this.The concept and implementing actions of the NDS are still at an early stage and should be further developed through structured cooperation with relevant Commission services, the EEAS and with EU Member States.The management of .eu requires substantial resources for managing the current contract, tendering a new contract, as well as amending the .eu Regulation. Within the unit resources have been shifted for this purpose.
A development of global internet governance in line with the COMPACT principles incl. a confirmation and consolidation of the multi-stakeholder approach by substantially strengthening key institutions such as GAC in ICANN and the IGF.
Timeframe: Ongoing end 2014