Digital Agenda for Europe
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EU relations with the American region in the Information Society field have been substantially reinforced over the last years. ICT is now firmly in the bi-regional political agenda.
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USA and Canada

  • USA

    The European Commission has regular annual ICT policy dialogue with the U.S. Department of State. The Directorate has an ICT Counsellor stationed at the EU Delegation in Washington D.C., since 2010.
    In 2013, the Council of Ministers approved the mandate for the European Commission to launch negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This will be the most wide-ranging and largest Free Trade Agreement ever to be negotiated by the European Commission on behalf of the European Union in its 60-plus-year history. The ICT sector plays an important role, as over half the bilateral EU-US trade depends on the Internet, and the sector brings about jobs and innovation.
  • Canada

    The European Commission finalised in 2013 negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA).

Latin America

Latin America and the Caribbean encompass 33 countries and 625 million people. They are moving quickly from developing countries to emerging and fast-growing economies and are looking at Europe to find a common approach to creating an internal market based on harmonised regulations and policy-making.

The European Commission cooperation with Latin America includes regulatory harmonisation, R&D cooperation and support for a submarine fiber-optic cable between Europe and Latin America.
Cooperation is framed by EU and CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) Heads of States and Governments who adopted a Declaration and an Action Plan at the last EU-CELAC summit in June 2015.

Regulatel, the Forum of Latin America telecoms Regulators, has signed at the end of 2013 a memorandum of understanding with BEREC, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications. In June 2015, the financing was finalised for a submarine optic fibre cable linking Lisbon to Fortaleza and from there, interconnecting RedCLARA, the South American research & education network and GEANT, the European research & education network. The cable is expected to be operational before the end of 2017.

The Commission also actively participates in the eLAC Ministerial Conferences organised by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). eLAC is a regional action plan for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), whose long-term vision  is to promote ICT as a tool for economic development and social inclusion.

Furthermore, specific bilateral relations with the EU include:

  • Brazil

    The European Commission has had for many years an ICT Counsellor in the EU Delegation in Brasilia. Our ICT cooperation focuses on cloud computing, high performance computing and experimental platforms. Brazil is a key Latin American partner under the ICT theme Horizon 2020, with several coordinated calls leading to results with high social and industrial impact.
  • Mexico

    Mexico's reform of the national audio-visual and telecommunications sectors in 2014 has started the deregulation of the market to introduce competition. The Commission maintains regular contacts with IFT , the national regulatory body.
  • Colombia

    In Colombia, the Commission is subsidising the roll-out of the latest digital video broadcasting technology, DVB-T2.
Last updated on 16/09/2015 - 10:51