On January 18, 2013, The European Institute hosted a discussion with Ambassador Terry Kramer, head of the U.S. Delegation to the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), on the successes and disappointments of WCIT-12, during which he shared his assessment of the prospects for continued transatlantic cooperation in maintaining a free and open internet. H.E. Christos Panagopoulos, Ambassador of Greece to the United States offered opening remarks, and Patricia Paoletta, Partner at Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, moderated the lively exchange on views on Internet freedom, the criticality of open markets and commercial agreements, multi-stakeholder governance, and transparency. The event was graciously hosted by the Embassy of Greece.


kramerIt’s not often that a single treaty conference crystalizes the hopes and efforts of a generation of policy-makers. But that is exactly the kind of suspense building up to the World Conference on International Telecommunications.

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On September 7, The European Institute welcomed Jørgen Abild Andersen, Director General for Telecoms at the Danish Business Authority, to a breakfast discussion on the recent developments in the ICT sector including the internet policy-making principles agreed to at last year’s OECD high-level meeting on the internet economy, which he chaired, and progress made during the Danish EU Presidency towards a European Digital Single Market. Mr. Abild Andersen stressed the importance of ICT’s contribution to economic growth. He also underlined the need for robust communications infrastructure and consumer trust and confidence in eCommerce in order to facilitate the continued development of the digital single market in Europe. The discussion was moderated by Jacquelynn Ruff, Vice President, Public Policy and International Regulatory Affairs, Verizon Communications, Inc.

On May 22, The European Institute hosted a discussion on European and American approaches to key internet governance issues with Ambassador Philip Verveer, U.S. Coordinator & Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Communications and Information Policy at the  U.S. Department of State; Beatrice Covassi, Counselor for the  Digital Agenda at the Delegation of the European Union; Carlos López Blanco, Director of the International Office at Telefónica, and Paul Brigner, the Internet Society’s Director for North America. Panelists offered their perspectives on the central challenges facing both public and private sector stakeholders as Europe and the United States prepare for the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai this December. The discussion was moderated by Shane Tews, Vice President for Global Public Policy and Government Relations at VeriSign, Inc.

On May 8, The European Institute, in partnership with the European Parliament, welcomed Dr. Christian Ehler, Chairman of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the United States, to a breakfast discussion on the challenges and opportunities for greater transatlantic cooperation on cybersecurity. Stressing that cybersecurity has become a priority issue on the European agenda, Dr. Ehler underlined the need to strengthen private-public partnerships to develop and implement coordinated response strategies to the escalating risks of cyber attacks.  Christopher Painter, U.S. Department of State Coordinator for Cyber Issues and John Cosgrove, Deputy Cyber Exercise Lead of SRA International’s Cyber Security and Risk Analytics Division, both presented their perspectives on the future of transatlantic cooperation on this critical front and echoed Dr. Ehler’s call for greater public-private coordination. The discussion was moderated by Andy Purdy, Chief Cybersecurity Strategist for CSC.