New Delhi – The Sixth India-EU Cyber Dialogue was hosted by India virtually on December 14, 2020. The Indian Delegation was led by Dr. S. Janakiraman, Joint Secretary, Cyber Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs, while the EU delegation was led by Ms. Joanneke Balfoort, Director Security and Defence, EEAS.

Both sides discussed various areas of cooperation in the cyber space including contemporary matters, multilateral and regional cooperation on stability in cyberspace at UN platforms in GGE, OEWG, or in Regional settings including relevant discussions at OSCE and ARF; EU Cyber diplomacy toolbox, Cooperation on Cybercrime and Capacity building therein, Contemporary issue and exchanges on cyber policies, Internet Governance, New Emerging cyber-related technologies etc.

The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to an open, free, secure, stable, peaceful and accessible cyberspace, enabling economic growth and innovation. Views of both sides converged on many issues of cyber space. They acknowledged the need to follow the basic values of both societies in the cyber space and its governance such as rule of law, democratic values and fundamental freedoms.

Both sides agreed to hold the next India- EU Cyber Dialogue in Brussels.