EU International Cyberspace Policy

The European Commission and High Representative’s 2013 Cyber Security Strategy was the EU’s first comprehensive policy document in this area. It covers the internal market, justice and home affairs and foreign policy angles of cyberspace.

The Strategy is accompanied by a legislative proposal to strengthen the security of the EU’s information systems. This will encourage economic growth as confidence in buying online and using the internet grows.

The Strategy makes clear the priorities for EU international cyberspace policy:

  • Freedom and openness: the strategy outlines the vision and principles on applying core EU values and fundamental rights in cyberspace.
  • The EU's laws, norms and core values apply as much in cyberspace as in the physical world: responsibility for a more secure cyberspace lies with all players within the global information society, from citizens to governments.
  • Developing cyber security capacity building: the EU engages with international partners and organisations, the private sector and civil society to support global capacity building in third countries. This includes improving access to information and to an open internet, and preventing cyber threats.
  • Fostering international cooperation in cyberspace: preserving open, free and secure cyberspace is a global challenge, which the EU is addressing together with relevant international partners and organisations, the private sector and civil society.

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