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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 encompasses 33 countries and 600 million people. Latin America countries 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 Commission is now embarking on a regional strategy for Latin America which includes regional harmonisation, R&D cooperation and support for a submarine fiber-optic cable between Europe and Latin America. This strategy also aims at promoting an EU-Latin America approach to a truly global Global Computing policy.

The Commission has regular contacts with a number of regional networks in the ICT sector, including Regulatel and RedCLARA. The Commission also actively participates in regional conferences and high-level meetings organised by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

  • Brazil:
    The 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 has been a key Latin American partner under the ICT theme of FP7, with several coordinated Calls leading to results with high social and industrial impact.
  • Mexico:
    Mexico's recent constitutional reform of the national telecommunications sector has provided the country with the need for guidance on how to deregulate the sector. Regular contacts exist already with IFETEL, the national telecoms regulatory body.
  • Colombia:
    In Colombia, the Commission is subsidising the roll-out of the latest digital video broadcasting technology, DVB-T2.
Last updated on 08/09/2014