Re: [irsg] IETF and European Commission

Jane Coffin <> Tue, 16 May 2023 15:39 UTC

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Date: Tue, 16 May 2023 11:39:27 -0400
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Subject: Re: [irsg] IETF and European Commission
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All -

Some countries - like Armenia (or at least in 2006) -- indicated in the
Telecoms Law that ITU standards were part of their national standards
fabric.  Whether they actually put this into practice is a separate issue
(they definitely did on spectrum - Radio Regs - Treaty).
I think the UK (when part of the EC) had to amend some of its laws (or
codes, procedures, you get the point) to include standards other than ISO,
ITU, and specifically include IETF protocols/standards.

Does the EC officially accept IETF standards in their roster of standards?
Did some EC countries have to specifically change laws/codes/other/other to
include IETF standards outside of any EC processes?

I ask this Q as it might be helpful to know at least whether the EC
officially accepts IETF standards, and this flows down to all EC members?
I use the word "accept" as a placeholder for "include by reference in leg,
incorporate by ref, other, other appropriate term".


On Tue, May 16, 2023 at 11:05 AM Mallory Knodel <mknodel=> wrote:

> Others will have more context, likely, but I've engaged with this content
> rather extensively and it largely focusses on national/regional standards
> efforts, not international bodies like the IETF, though it does make
> mention and understand rather well, in my view, the relationship between
> different actors.
> -Mallory
> On 5/16/23 8:59 AM, Rifaat Shekh-Yusef wrote:
> Hi,
> Anyone aware of any relationship between the IETF and the European
> Commission ICT initiative?
> European Multi-Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardisation | Shaping
> Europe’s digital future (
> <>
> Regards,
>  Rifaat
> --
> Mallory Knodel
> CTO, Center for Democracy and Technology
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