Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative


Asia is a vibrant economic region of the world, with dynamic markets and a strong innovation capacity. The Digital Agenda for Europe includes a series of initiatives and dialogues with a view to enhance cooperation and forge stronger links with the very diverse countries in the area.
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The Commission mantains two Dialogues with China on ICT: One with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and IT (MIIT) and one with the Chinese Ministry of Science & Technology (MOST). The first one covers ICT policy and regulatory issues, while the second focuses on research issues, including a review of ongoing cooperation through the EU research programme. Over the last few years, a number of working groups have been established covering ICT-related matters: a Cyber Task Force, a High Tech Dialogue, an Urbanisation partnership and an Innovation Dialogue.
An ICT Counsellor is based at the EU Delegation in Beijing.


Since February 2013, an ICT Counsellor from the Commission is stationed in the EU Delegation in India. The annual policy dialogue with the Indian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology aims at promoting India as an investment destination by facilitating market access for European companies operating in this country, as well as helping to ensure that the political leaders on both sides can hear the voices of Indian and EU business, including in the ICT sector.


The EU and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) share a commitment to regional integration as a means of fostering regional stability, building prosperity, and addressing global challenges. The ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting of 26-27 April 2012 in Brunei Darussalam agreed on a Plan of Action for closer cooperation on political, security, economic and socio-cultural issues.

In the ICT area, cooperation activities are linked to the annual ASEAN TELMIN/TELSOM meetings and are supported via the READI programme, focusing particularly on spectrum policy and management, broadband deployment and competition policy in ICT.

On research, Southeast Asian organisations have 25 participations under the research programme FP7. The new EU research programme Horizon 2020 allows ASEAN countries to participate alongside their European partners.


The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an informal process of dialogue and co-operation bringing together the European Union Member States and the European Commission with 16 Asian countries and the ASEAN Secretariat. The ASEM dialogue addresses political, economic and cultural issues, with the objective of strengthening the relationship between the two regions, in a spirit of mutual respect and equal partnership.

The Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN) connecting the European GEANT research network to similar bodies in Asia received funding from the European Commission with the aim of stimulating the exchange of information among researchers and students.


The European Commission maintains annual policy dialogues with the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Japan and the EU share many of the same challenges to be addressed by policy and by R&D in the ICT field. The Dialogue covers a wide range of ICT subjects of mutual interest in the areas of policy exchange, regulatory discussion, and technology research cooperation.

South Korea

There are a significant number of ad hoc contacts with Korea to exchange views on information on policy and regulatory topics, as well as to explore deeper ICT technology research cooperation, given Korea's strong focus on ICT and innovation.
Currently, contacts are being re-established following the major re-organisation of government entities in the ICT sector with the establishment of the (Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP).

Last updated on 08/09/2014