EU-China expert groups


The EU-China Expert Groups that the European Commission and Chinese Ministries (MIIT/MoST) have created aim to provide inputs to their ongoing dialogues for promoting cooperation on ICT between China and Europe. In this way, international cooperation between the two regions will serve the interests of both sides, while supporting Europe as a place for excellence in international research. The cooperative mechanism will take a series of pragmatic and incremental actions to enhance direct dialogues among stakeholders including policy makers and researchers from both the EU and China.

In carrying out an efficient dialogue mechanism, DG CONNECT and MoST/MIIT jointly established the EU-China Expert Groups in the fields of Future Internet, IPv6, the Internet of Things, Green Smart City and on Broadband Policy. These groups are further developed below.

Expert Group on Future Internet/IPv6

In 2010, DG CONNECT and CATR established the “EU-China Expert Group of Future Internet/IPv6”. On July 10th 2010, a roundtable and a work meeting of the Expert Group were held in Beijing and Brussels, where there was set up a cooperation plan on future Internet/IPv6, to be coordinated by contact persons from both sides.

The Chinese members headed by Jiang Lintao were mainly from Tsinghua University, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications and BII Group; while the EU contact person of the Expert Group was Jacques Babot, and the head person was Philippe Cousin.

The cooperation mainly focused on:

  • The establishment of Internet innovative platform and testing environments
  • Co-experiment of PTDN
  • Co-research on virtual technology, cloud computing and ubiquitous Network
  • Co-research on the social impact of the Internet
  • Co-research on the issues of IPv6 commercialisation, especially the IPv4/IPv6 coexistence and transition between IPv4 and IPv6
  • Co-research of global deployment of IPv6 resources (joint statement has been made by the EU and China on promoting and speeding up the commercial deployment of IPv6)

EU-China IoT Advisory Group

The EU-China IoT Advisory Group was established in February 2011. Its first meeting was held at the end of the month. The Chinese members were headed by Mr. Yu Xiaohui (Chief Engineer from CATR), and the liaison person is Miss Kang Yanrong (from CATR). The Chinese expert members are mainly from national research institutes and enterprises including CATR, China Mobile, China Unicom, and ZTE. The EU members were headed by Mr. Philippe Cousin; the members were mainly IoT project members under FP7. Most of them came from Surrey University of Britain.

The cooperation will mainly include:

  • Enhancing the IoT cooperation and communication in its strategic perspective
  • Co-research on the general framework of IoT
  • Developing testing sites in cities with IoT
  • Establishing mutual control mechanism between the EU-China demonstration cities of Smart City and establishing an open testing bed
  • Joint promotion of ISO’s IoT standardisation
  • Cooperation of international IoT management and IoT policy (safety and privacy)

EU-China Green Smart City Expert Group

After the resolution of the third China–EU ICT Research Dialogue meeting in 2011, the MIIT and the EU representatives reached an agreement on establishing the EU-China Green Smart City Expert Group.

The cooperation will mainly include:

  • To resolve the problems in the process of urbanisation by extensive and in-depth ICT application
  • To improve urban efficiency and public service
  • To support economic development and improve people’s life quality
  • To select demonstration cities in the EU and China for the smart city cooperation
  • To summarise typical EU-China smart city construction methods and models in order to provide examples for other cities
  • To create more opportunities in the industry of smart city and further promote EU-China cooperation

EU-China Broadband Policy Expert Group

The Broadband Policy Expert Group was established in December 2012. The activity was implemented jointly by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the China Academy of Telecommunications Research (CATR) on the Chinese side, with DG CONNECT on the EU side.

An initial overview and prioritization on current broadband policy challenges for China and the EU relevant to the Information Society Dialogue formed the basis for the first Expert Meeting that took place on December 20, 2012 in Beijing. It was followed by up by more in-depth joint research and further Expert Meetings all along 2013, in Brussels and Beijing. The duration of the activity was 12 months, running from November 2012 to October 2013.

The activity aimed at improving the provision of broadband networks and services for the social and economic development in China and the EU, specifically to:

  • Prepare input to MIIT’s development and implementation of a national and regional broadband rollout strategy.
  • Provide specific suggestions for future EU-China expert, industry and policy cooperation on broadband deployment, especially for disadvantaged groups and regions.
  • Establish and improve expert network to tackle existing and future challenges in EU and Chinese broadband.

The findings have been presented at the third and final Broadband Policy Expert Group Meeting, held on Sept 5, 2013 on the premises of CATR. In-depth discussion and exchanges on broadband development in EU and China were conducted regarding the resent-released “Broadband China Strategy” including the results of the study assignment to Europe on broadband exchange, achievements of EU-China broadband comparative study in Europe and China. The future development and trend of the employment of broadband and Internet was also discussed. Both sides will continue with the work on thorough study and investigation on broadband development policy in 2014.