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Plenary 4: Arrangements for a European IGF and Future EuroDIG Events

There was a discussion that we do not need not to fix issues that do not exist.
The provision of legislation is not required but there is a need for parliamentary focus that need to be;
Must be bottom up
Multi stakeholder approach
Must respect culture and inclusive
Reflect the concerns of Europe
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EuroDIG should always happen before the IGF. It will be a European theme and not a European Union theme.

CoE should be a Secretariat for EuroDIG was an option for a source of financing future events. There is an expression from OFCOM, Spain and other actors to contribute to funding of future events.

Personal views of EuroDIG
The functioning of EuroDIG and the discussed future of the event and how it will link into the future. The plenary is an example of the issues that evolve around the IG process and that is true inclusiveness. The overpowering influence of major stakeholders on the event. The fact that nearly all the speakers that were invited to speak are known by name really reflects that true participation is not what is happening at the events. There is a major lack of attendance of all stakeholders in Europe from many states. There needs to be a contribution of multi stakeholders that are not present at this event. There also need to have more even spread of panels in future. There is progress and this must be encouraged. The lack of interaction of civil society and many non or under represented stakeholders from various states is vital and the initiative by DiploFoundation with the support of the CoE and OFCOM to support the scholarships and trainings of individuals who can act to void this gap and be the bridge to dissemination of the processes in their respective states and actors.

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