It is hard to imagine life without modern telecommunications systems and the Internet, and the technological benefits of the digital age seem to be just the beginning. However, the Internet poses considerable political, social and economic challenges.
The strength of the Internet lies in its open, distributed nature. A resilient, secure and robust Internet, as well as the protection of fundamental rights online are essential to build user trust. At the same time, the European digital economy must take full advantage of the innovation power of the Internet, building on a strengthened digital single market, interconnected to the world.
The vision of the European Commission is summarised in the COMPACT concept: the Internet as a space of Civic responsibilities, One unfragmented resource governed via a Multistakeholder approach to Promote democracy and Human Rights, based on a sound technological Architecture that engenders Confidence and facilitates a Transparent governance both of the underlying Internet infrastructure and of the services which run on top of it.
The European Commission actively engages at the international level to contribute to the discussions on the evolution of global internet and telecommunications. This action is carried out in various international organisations, fora and technical bodies.
Every European citizen must be fully empowered to continue to benefit from a single, open, secure and free Internet, in which all rights and laws enjoyed in other areas of their every-day lives also apply on-line.