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In the context of the financial crisis, many press offices are closed; but we need to ensure that citizens still have access to information and the Internet is a way of doing so.

A permanent secretariat for a European IGF is needed, as it will ensure the functioning of such a forum and the continuation of the activities began by EuroDIG.

There are countries that have applied the rules governing the audiovisual to the Internet environment.

One of EuroDIG goals was to be more inclusive and to open the process to Eastern and Central European countries.

South America benefits from European work when it comes to IG issues. This is, for example, the case of the recommendations and standards adopted by the Council of Europe.

Researchers are still involved in the Internet process; they have created the Internet and they continue to be part of the IG debate.

The participation of the civil society in the European IGF is dependent on the civil society itself.

There is a need for a stronger European voice in Internet Governance, irrespective of the body dealing with IG: ICANN, the global IGF, a European IGF.

It is important to discuss IG from a human rights perspective.

Ability to participate in your own language is important when it comes to involve more participants into the IG process.

Governments are often seen as enemies in the IG process. But governments represent the people by default; the citizens turn to government when problems occur in the functioning of Internet, the respect of their rights and so on. Governments are not going to take over the governance of the Internet, but their participation can help legitimizing the process.

We need to take into account the next generation of Internet users coming from developing countries. We must avoid the situation when the next Internet users would be forced to use an Internet that has been created for developed countries.

Private sector must to be more engaged into the IG process; big ICT companies are not only subject of governance but also actors of governance and they have to be convinced to get involved in the process.

Members of the European Parliament and of the national Parliaments must be included in the IG debate.

It is important that Internet is kept free and open; stakeholders must work together in this respect.

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