Regional and bilateral relations aim to achieve a global environment with fair and transparent rules for telecommunication regulation and where ICT companies can compete on a level playing field.
The Commission seeks to (1) promote a regulatory system that is close to and/or compatible with the EU legal framework, (2) act as first port of call for European ICT industry, (3) promote cooperation between the EU and third countries in the area of research and innovation in ICT.
In order to maintain and further develop regional and bilateral relations, Policy Dialogues are regularly held with EU's strategic partners, like the United States, Japan and the BRICS countries.
Activities and policy development in this area typically aim to:
Activities are grouped according to the following geographical areas:
Activity implementation is usually carried out in close cooperation with various Commission services.
Regarding cooperation with third countries in Research and Innovation, the International Unit manages a number of FP7 projects listed below. Further international Research and Innovation activities in ICT will be launched as part of Horizon 2020, the EU's new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.