The annual cyber diplomacy retreat organised by the EU Cyber Direct – EU Cyber Diplomacy Initiative and the School of Transnational Governance (EUI) took place in Florence from 17 to 18 October 2022 and gathered over 50 diplomats, non-governmental experts, and academics working on cyber diplomacy.
While the international community is engaging in different processes that will shape the future of cyberspace, such as the UN Open-Ended Working Group and the Ad-Hoc Committee on Cybercrime, it is important to question the EU's position in this domain and its actions towards stable and secure cyberspace.
The aim of the European Cyber Diplomacy Dialogue 2022 was therefore to identify trends, anticipate the most critical challenges for international cooperation in cyberspace and reflect on the EU’s role in this rapidly evolving environment.
Through different panel discussions and breakout sessions, participants looked at the different pathways for the EU’s cyber diplomacy towards 2030 and assessed which tools and mechanisms the EU needs to construct future-proof cyber diplomacy, while also proposing out-of-the-box solutions that will pave the way forward for the EU’s cyber diplomacy.
As part of the European Cyber Diplomacy Dialogue 2022, the public roundtable Smart and Secure: How to Build a Connected City of the Future? was also organised in cooperation with the Municipality of Florence.