The EU and the United States are close strategic partners sharing common values.
Strengthening the global digital economy is a shared priority and a pillar of our trade relationship. The private sector is a key partner in this endeavour; both delegations participated in discussions with industry representatives on digital and ICT issues.
In the course of the Dialogue, we updated the United States on current and upcoming initiatives related to the Digital Single Market (DSM), a priority for the European Commission. The United States likewise informed us about the U.S. ICT priorities and perspectives on a broad range of issues. Topics of discussion ranged from cyber-security, 5G, Next Generation Technologies, the telecoms regulatory framework, online platforms to data flows. Each side also explained its approach to important issues of personal data protection and the free flow of data. We also recognised the central role played by data as an engine of digital transformation and a facilitator for transatlantic trade.
The U.S. Delegation provided a briefing on two recent changes in the United States – the Executive Order on the cybersecurity of federal networks & critical infrastructure and the FCC’s Order "Restoring Internet Freedom."
We agreed on the importance of EU-U.S. coordination in key international fora such as the G7, G20, the International Telecommunication Union, and the Internet Governance Forum. We reaffirmed the need for multi-stakeholder approaches in defending and promoting an open Internet.
The discussions will continue on many levels in light of shared digital transformation goals. The United States agreed to host the next Dialogue. Upcoming high level visits on both sides will complement this year’s successful Information Society Dialogue.