The 11th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was held last December in México. The meeting marked the first gathering of the global multistakeholder IGF community since the renewal of the IGF’s mandate for 10 years. The number of MEPs and European Commission officials taking part in the IGF was remarkable and underlines the significance of Internet Governance in Europe.
On 25 January, Pilar del Castillo MEP, EIF Chair and Head of the European Parliament Delegation to the IGF, hosted a breakfast debate in Parliament to reflect on the IGF programme and process, share impressions and identify issues of importance for the European agenda.
MEP delegation at the joint EIF-EuroDIG reception at the IGF 2016, Mexico
In her opening remarks, Ms. del Castillo noted that the IGF as a multi-stakeholder meeting platform is developing and becoming stronger. She also welcomed the growing interest of MEPs in Internet Governance issues.
Sandra Hoferichter, Secretary General of EuroDIG, also spoke about the importance of Europe’s interest in IGF. She announced that the next EuroDIG (European dialogue on Internet governance) meeting will take place on 6-7 June in Tallinn. Ms. Hoferichter invited Members of the European Parliament and other interested stakeholder to take part in EuroDIG and its planning process.
Megan Richards, Principal Adviser at DG CONNECT, European Commission, also reflected on the recent IGF meeting. She stressed the need for bigger European industry interest and representation in Internet Governance meetings, as these issues directly affect their interest.
The next IGF meeting will take place in Geneva at the end of 2017.