Presidency trio harmonizing digital strategies

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Transport Minister Anrijs Matīss concurred with Luxembourg PM Xavier Bettel and Italian Deputy State Secretary for Economic Development in charge of telecommunications Antonello Giacomelli in Rome Thursday that a clear and strong political message must be sent by the Union on the "multi-stakeholder" model of Internet governance.

The ministers were in Rome to discuss how they can be at the forefront of Internet governance policy-making while working together on current issues during their Presidencies of the Council of the EU.

They also discussed bilateral relations and current issues facing European and international policy-makers, reported Luxemburger Wort Friday.

The ministers agreed to stay in close contact during their presidency trio of the Council of the European Union, and to work together on the challenges that concern the 28 member countries.

Luxembourg's PM congratulated his Italian colleague for putting digital matters at the center of his presidency, providing "important levers and opportunities for both our citizens and our businesses."

Governance of the Internet is a stated priority of the Italian presidency, envisioning the EU in a leading international role. The Luxembourg Prime Minister and his Latvian colleague concurred that a clear and strong political message must be sent by the Union on the "multi-stakeholder" model of Internet governance.

Cybersecurity was held up as an issue of utmost importance by the three ministers. The Italian presidency's goal to strengthen cybersecurity across the EU was underscored by all sides.

"We are only as strong as our weakest link", stated Bettel in this regard.

Finally, the ministers suggested that the European Commission continue working on creating a single market for telecommunications, and pledged to cooperate in the search for a compromise.

"It is essential to ensure that the draft regulations for the project do balance the interests of providers and users," Matīss was quoted in a Transport Ministry release.

The trio of Italian-Latvian-Luxembourgish EU presidencies began on July 1 as Italy assumed the rotating EU presidency for the next six months. The presidency trio means that the three member states consecutively preside over the Council of the EU and cooperate amongst themselves to ensure the success of their presidencies.

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