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<p style="margin:0px 0.101cm 0px 0cm;padding:5px 0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;text-indent:0cm"><font face="Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><span style="line-height:normal;background-color:rgba(255,255,255,0)">Brussels, 15 March 2014 &ndash; Vice President Neelie Kroes today warmly welcomed the announcement of the United States Government to &quot;transition out of the IANA function&quot;, which will allow a more global multi-stakeholder basis for an important element of governance of the Internet.</span></font></p>
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&quot;This is&nbsp;an historical step in making Internet governance truly global, and marks major&nbsp;progress towards the development of a multi-stakeholder model as advocated in the Commission&#39;s recent Communication&quot;&nbsp;Vice-President Kroes said.</span></font></p>
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Until now the United States has had the final say in&nbsp;<span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit">changes to globally used data on top-level Internet domain names,&nbsp;</span>such as .com or .de.&nbsp; The Commission has been pushing for such a move since 2009 and, most recently in its Communication on Internet Policy and Governance of 12 February 2014, called for&nbsp;the globalisation of the IANA functions.</span></font></p>
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The Commission&#39;s Communication&nbsp;&ndash; like the US announcement&nbsp;&ndash; stresses the need to safeguard in the globalisation process the security and stability of the&nbsp;Internet, and commits to the multi-stakeholder model of governance.</span></font></p>
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&quot;It&nbsp;is a very timely announcement, ahead of an important multi-stakeholder conference in São Paulo on Internet governance principles and the future evolution of the governance ecosystem&quot; added Vice President Kroes.&nbsp;&quot;The European Commission will work together with the US and with all global stakeholders to implement the globalisation of the IANA functions in a process that is accountable and transparent, and in a manner that secures the open Internet and that will underpin human rights.&quot;</span></font></p>
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