ICANN Welcomes the EU Council’s Conclusions on Internet Governance

December 2, 2014 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today welcome the EU Council on Telecommunication (TTE) for its Conclusions on Internet Governance adopted on 27 November 2014.

The Conclusions underline “that the governance of Internet is expected to include all stakeholders” and “the importance of strengthening the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)“, while endorsing the principles adopted by the global multi-stakeholder community at NETmundial.

“In this period of transition for Internet Governance, and for ICANN in particular, Europe has a substantial role to play. We welcome Europe’s public commitment to contribute proactively and constructively to the process of IANA stewardship transition and ICANN‘s accountability and review process,” said Fadi Chehade, ICANN‘s President and CEO.

The Conclusions by the Council of European Union governments mark an important step in supporting the continued development of the multistakeholder model of Governance of the Internet, based on inclusivity and underpinned by individual rights and democratic values.

“We recognize this is the first time that EU Council Conclusions focus in such detail on Internet Governance and on ICANN specifically, and I would like to thank the Italian Presidency and in particular Under Secretary Antonello Giacomelli for setting the agenda and their vision,” said Chehade. “They have worked hard to foster a single coherent approach among 28 Member States, based on the NETMundial principles.”

They also reaffirm that the Internet should remain a single, open, neutral, interoperable and un-fragmented network accessible to everyone, everywhere. The ICANN community is proud to have contributed to this goal and “the robust operation of the Internet” through ICANN‘s role in the coordination of the domain name system over the past 16 years, and we will strive to fulfill this mission going forwards, as the organization evolves.

Building on the Council Conclusion, the Internet community and ICANN welcome Europe’s decision and fully support the forging ahead with the implementation of national and regional multistakeholder models of Internet governance.