The Internet has become a domain of strategic importance for Europe. It affects nearly every aspect of our lives. Our stance towards the Internet is underpinned by the same values, priorities and interests as elsewhere, and therefore our aim is to maintain an Open Internet.
As Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, said: "This digital age needs a new social contract. Decisions that affect the Internet shouldn't be taken just by politicians, companies or technicians alone, without any reference to common principles".
With this in mind, we are playing an active role in all the relevant international fora and have put forward the idea of a Global Internet Policy Observatory, in order to help more people participate in the governance of the Internet.
You may want to read the background document for an overview of the main challenges we see in this field.
We are interested in your ideas on how the Internet should be governed and the role which Europe should play. We would like to hear from you by Friday, 8 November 2013.
Join the discussion here: Europe & the Internet in a global context.