Promoting safer use of the Internet


Subject: Promoting safer use of the Internet
From: Barbara Schleihagen (Eblida@nblc.nl)
Date: ma 18 tammi  1999 - 16:44:23 EET


Dear list subscribers,

The EU Council of Ministers has adopted a Multiannual Community Action Plan
on promoting safer use of the Internet by combatting illegal and harmful
content on global networks. The four amendments adopted by the European
Parliament in its second reading on 17 November 1998 were accepted by the
Council which modified its common position of 24 September 1998 accordingly.

The Plan is specifically aimed at actions where financial support from the
Community is necessary and comprises four action lines:
- creating a safe environment,
- developing of filtering and rating systems,
- encouraging awareness actions and
- taking support measures.

The financial reference amount for the implementation on the Plan for the
period from 1 January 1999 to 31 December 2002 is Euro 25 million.

Annex 1 to the Decision adopting the Action Plan comprises four categories
of action lines which include the following in particular:

- creating a European network of "hot lines". These lines shall allow
Internet users to report content which they consider to be illegal;
- encouraging of self-regulation and codes of conduct;
- developing filtering and rating systems to make content easier to identify;
- the action plan will initiate awareness actions that will build on the
dissemination of information from access providers to customers and develop
material for use in the education sector;
- the last line of action involves assessing the legal implications; a call
for tenders could be organized for an assessment of legal questions raised
by the content or the use of Internet; an international conference could
also be organised to allow experience gained through the Action Lines to be
shared.

(source: press release on 2153rd Council meeting - Environment - , 20-21
December 1998 at: http://ue.eu.int/newsroom/)

The Commission will now present a Work Programme and draft calls for
proposals which will be examined by the committee of representatives of
Member States. The publication of the calls for proposals is scheduled for
March 1999. Further information on the Action Plan: http://www.echo.lu/iap/

Best wishes,
Barbara Schleihagen

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EBLIDA
Barbara Schleihagen, Director
Heidi Hogan, EU Policy Officer
P.O. Box 43300
NL-2504 AH The Hague
Tel: +31-70-309 06 08
Fax: +31-70-309 07 08
email: eblida@nblc.nl
http://www.eblida.org/

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EBLIDA
Barbara Schleihagen, Director
Heidi Hogan, EU Policy Officer
P.O. Box 43300
NL-2504 AH The Hague
Tel: +31-70-309 06 08
Fax: +31-70-309 07 08
email: eblida@nblc.nl
http://www.eblida.org/



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