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

We need to encourage national level IGF processes, following models in some other countries (USA, East Africa, West Africa). There are European values and principles that need to be translated into Internet governance terms. There is a need for a European model based on national model, bringing together all stakeholders from national and European levels.

European IGF must be bottom up, it must reflect diversity, it must follow the multistakeholder participation, reflect particular concerns of Europe and be the European voice transmitted to the global IGF. The Council of Europe should play a leading role in the European IGF, and not the EU, since there are many European countries that are not members of the EU.

The creation of the European IGF should have the scope of bringing IG stakeholders together in order to listen to the others, try harmonize their positions and to speak with a unique voice when reporting to the global IGF.

European IGF is important as it would allow stakeholders to share practices and will involve them in the IG process.

There should be a connection between the EuroDIG or a future European IGF with other European networks dealing with ICT. In Eastern Europe there are several such networks that have not been included into the EuroDIG process.

The Council of Europe has offered to provide the secretariat for the European IGF, thus giving also a sort of transparency to the process. The Council should also be involved in the process of establishing the agenda for the European IGF.

EuroDIG is not reaching public opinion and this is one of the issues that need to be addressed in any future arrangements for a European IGF.

The model of the IGF dynamic coalitions should be followed by the European IGF.

Smaller countries from Eastern and Central Europe must be included in the European IGF.

The European IGF would have a two fold mission: it should act for Europe and give input to the global IGF.

Regarding the financial resources needed to ensure the functionality of the European IGF, this remains an open question; fund raising actions may be launched and the European Parliament may also be involved.

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