[Icann-see] Fwd: [centr-ga] CENTR supports statement on EP Resolution on IGF

Dusan Stojicevic dusan at dukes.in.rs
Thu Feb 12 10:49:26 CET 2015


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Subject: 	[centr-ga] CENTR supports statement on EP Resolution on IGF
Date: 	Thu, 12 Feb 2015 07:25:37 +0000
From: 	Nina Elzer <nina at centr.org>
Reply-To: 	Nina Elzer <nina at centr.org>
To: 	ga at centrlists.org <ga at centrlists.org>
CC: 	Peter Van Roste <peter at centr.org>

Dear members,

The European Parliament yesterday adopted a resolution on the Internet 
Governance Forum (IGF).

CENTR, at the initiative of CCIA and together with a group of 
stakeholders involved in wider internet issues (EDRi, access, cdt) 
issued a statement supporting the messages and efforts put forward in 
the resolution.

The statement can be found here: 

The final version of the resolution is not yet online on the European 
Parliament website, which is why we have copy-pasted the text down here.

Kind regards,


This is the final version of the resolution


Renewal of the mandate of the Internet Governance Forum



European Parliament resolution of 11 February 2015 on the renewal of the 
mandate of the Internet Governance Forum (2015/2526(RSP))

/The European Parliament/,

–    having regard to its resolution of 23 June 2005 on the information 
society[1] <#_ftn1>,

–    having regard to its resolution of 14 March 2006 on a European 
information society for growth and employment[2] <#_ftn2>,

–    having regard to its resolution of 14 January 2008 on the second 
Internet Governance Forum[3] <#_ftn3>,

–    having regard to the Declaration of Principles and the Plan of 
Action of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), adopted in 
Geneva on 12 December 2003,

–    having regard to the Commission communication entitled ‘Towards a 
Global Partnership in the Information Society: Translating the Geneva 
Principles into Actions’ (COM(2004)0480),

–    having regard to the Tunis Commitment and Agenda for the 
Information Society, adopted on 18 November 2005,

–    having regard to the Commission communication following the WSIS in 
2006 (COM(2006)0181),

–    having regard to its resolution of 15 June 2010 on Internet 
governance: the next steps[4] <#_ftn4>,

–    having regard to the NETmundial Multistakeholder Statement 
presented on 24 April 2014,

–    having regard to the Commission communication entitled ‘Internet 
Policy and Governance – Europe’s role in shaping the future of Internet 
Governance’ (COM(2014)0072),

–    having regard to the joint statement by the EU delegation to the 
Internet Governance Forum held from 2 to 5 September 2014 in Istanbul,

–    having regard to Rule 123(2) and (4) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the purpose of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is to 
carry out its mandate from the World Summit on the Information Society 
(WSIS) with regard to convening forums for democratic, transparent and 
multistakeholder policy dialogue;

B.  whereas the main role and function of the IGF is to discuss a wide 
range of issues related to internet governance and, where appropriate, 
to make recommendations to the international community;

C.  whereas on 20 December 2010 the UN General Assembly decided to 
extend the mandate of the IGF for a further five years;

D.  whereas the discussion and decision on renewing the mandate of the 
IGF further will take place in 2015 at the UN General Assembly;

E.   whereas Parliament sent an ad hoc delegation to the WSIS in 2005 
and has done so for every annual meeting of the IGF since then;

F.   whereas the ad hoc delegations Parliament has sent have played a 
pivotal role regarding the promotion of European values and the 
interaction with civil society organisations and representatives of 
national parliaments present at these events, in cooperation with the 
Member States and the Commission;

G.  whereas the top priorities for the European Union during the ninth 
IGF held in September 2014, with the overarching theme ‘Connecting 
Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance’, were: 
expanded internet access globally; maintenance of the internet as a 
global, open and common resource; non-discriminatory access to 
knowledge; greater accountability and transparency in the 
multistakeholder internet governance model; rejection of the idea of a 
state-controlled internet; and recognition that our fundamental freedoms 
and human rights are not negotiable and must be protected online;

H.  whereas on 27 November 2014 the EU transport, telecommunications and 
energy ministers approved the Council conclusions underlining the 
importance of a coordinated European position on internet governance and 
of support for strengthening the IGF as a multistakeholder platform;

I.    whereas in March 2014 the US Department of Commerce’s National 
Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its 
intention to transfer the internet supervision functions of the IANA 
(Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) to the global multistakeholder 
community before the expiry of the current contract between the NTIA and 
the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 
September 2015; whereas a balanced solution for this transition has to 
be found in time and should result in a system that cannot be subject to 
capture and manipulation, thereby continuing to ensure a stable internet;

J.   whereas in April 2014 the NETmundial-Global Multistakeholder 
Meeting on the future of Internet Governance drew up a set of principles 
for internet governance and a roadmap for future development of the 
internet ecosystem;

K.  whereas growth related to the internet economy is forecast to be 
almost 11 % in the EU, with a contribution to GDP expected to rise from 
3,8 % in 2010 to 5,7 % in 2016,

L.   whereas the internet constitutes a fundamental pillar of the 
Digital Single Market, and fosters, inter alia, innovation, growth, 
trade, democracy, cultural diversity and human rights;

M.  whereas in an open internet all the rights and freedoms that people 
have offline should also apply online;

1.   Calls on the UN General Assembly to renew the mandate of the IGF, 
and to strengthen its resources and the multistakeholder model of 
internet governance;

2.   Considers that, although the IGF will not adopt formal conclusions, 
the European Union’s responsibility is to support this process and to 
raise the impact of these exchanges in policy discussions, as it offers 
a positive and concrete context for the shaping of the internet’s future 
on the basis of a multistakeholder approach;

3.   Calls on the Member States and the EU institutions concerned to 
keep the IGF high on their agendas and to continue to support the IGF 
and its secretariat, and to contribute to the development of an 
efficient and independent organisation capable of exercising its mandate 
and contributing to the evolving model of internet governance;

4.   Stresses that Parliament should continue to participate in future 
IGF meetings with a substantial delegation in order to contribute 
effectively to formulating an EU approach on internet governance 
together with the Member States and the Commission;

5.   Stresses the need to improve internet access all over the world; 
underlines that the IGF should increase the inclusive participation of 
all stakeholders;

6.   Stresses that it is firmly committed to the multistakeholder model 
of internet governance; calls upon the Member States, the Commission and 
all relevant stakeholders to further strengthen the sustainability of 
this model by making actors and processes at national, regional and 
international levels more inclusive, transparent and accountable;

7.   Emphasises the importance of completing the globalisation of the 
internet’s core functions and organisations; welcomes the commitment 
made by the US Government in March 2014 for the transfer of stewardship 
over the IANA functions; emphasises the importance of the full 
accountability and transparency of ICANN;

8.   Underlines the existence of a firm deadline for completion of the 
negotiations on IANA functions that will provide a long-term solution 
for the stability and security of the internet, as in September 2015 the 
current agreement between ICANN and the US Government on the supervision 
of the IANA function will expire;

9.   Calls on the Member States and the Commission to increase their 
efforts to support the conclusion of this new timely agreement;

10. Calls on the EU institutions concerned to propose the EU itself as a 
first international partner with ICANN as regards IANA functions, 
including a role on equal grounds with the US and other states in the 
affirmation of commitments that are currently regulating IANA services; 
considers this an important step in ensuring the complete neutrality of 

11. Stresses that lessons can already be learnt from the fruitful 
exchanges held in the context of the IGF up to now, and can be acted 
upon, in particular as regards regulatory aspects of electronic 
communications, and data security and privacy issues; considers that 
further discussions are needed within the IGF on issues related to 
cybersecurity and cybercrimes, ranging from solutions to improve the 
security of critical infrastructures to giving the appropriate tools for 
secure communication to individuals and small businesses, notably 
e-authentication and encryption; underlines the need to secure an open 
and independent internet as a global, common resource, together with 
non-discriminatory access to knowledge in the future, based on the 
initiatives and needs of the stakeholders, as well as freedom of expression;

12. Stresses that it is crucial to continue efforts to ensure legal 
protection of net neutrality, which is an indispensable precondition for 
safeguarding freedom of information and expression, boosting growth and 
jobs by developing innovation and business opportunities related to the 
internet and promoting and safeguarding cultural and linguistic diversity;

13. Stresses that fundamental freedoms and human rights are not 
negotiable and must be protected both online and offline; regrets that 
some states attempt to curb the global connectivity of their citizens by 
censorship and other restrictions; strongly rejects the idea of a 
state-controlled internet and mass surveillance of the internet;

14. Stresses the economic and social importance of online rights for 
privacy and of users’ control of their personal data; considers such 
rights to be fundamental for democracy, an open and neutral internet and 
a level playing field for businesses on the web;

15. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the 
Commission, the Council, the Member States and the national parliaments.


Policy Advisor


CENTR - Belliardstraat 20, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

tel +32 2 627 5554 - fax +32 2 627 5559

nina at centr.org- www.centr.org 
<mailto:nina at centr.org%20-%20www.centr.org> – twitter: centrnews


[1] <#_ftnref1>     OJ C 133 E, 8.6.2006, p. 140.

[2] <#_ftnref2>     OJ C 291 E, 30.11.2006, p. 133.

[3] <#_ftnref3>     OJ C 41 E, 19.2.2009, p. 80.

[4] <#_ftnref4>     OJ C 236 E, 12.8.2011, p. 33.

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