Joint statement by Vice-President Kroes, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda and Eng. Atef Helmy, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Arab Republic of Egypt

 

 Cairo27.05.2013

 

 

We, Vice-President Kroes, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda and Eng. Atef Helmy, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Arab Republic of Egypt had a very constructive discussion on the current debates concerning the future of the Internet and of its governance. We agreed that it is of the utmost importance to ensure that the Internet remains an open platform, that all attempts to fragment it into national "Intranets" are resisted and that all discussions and decisions concerning the "rules of the game" are based on a multi-stakeholder approach ensuring openness, inclusiveness, accountability, effectiveness, coherence and respect for applicable laws.

In this context, we agreed that in order to ensure broader participation and diversity in these debates, it is necessary to find "smart" ways to develop capacity and expertise on these complex issues, especially among less-resources stakeholders. The recent announcement by the European Commission on the Global Internet Policy Observatory was met with great interest by Egypt, which pledges to work together with the Commission and all other interested countries and stakeholder to develop GIPO as quickly and as inclusively as possible, on the basis of a shared commitment to an open, unfragmented and rules-based Internet.

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