European Union External Action


countering disinformation

Protecting our democratic processes and institutions from disinformation is a major challenge for societies across the globe. To tackle this, the EU has demonstrated leadership and put in place a robust framework for coordinated action, with full respect for European values and fundamental rights.

The Council held a policy debate entitled 'From tackling disinformation to rebuilding EU citizens' trust in the media', based on a presidency discussion paper.

Looking beyond the European elections, all signatories should now step up their efforts to broaden cooperation with fact checkers in all Member States as well as to empower users and the research community.

The European Council today welcomed the important work accomplished in countering disinformation in the past months, and called for further enhanced coordinated efforts to address its internal and external aspects.


22 марта 2019 года Европейский Совет положительно оценил важную работу, проделанную по борьбе с дезинформацией за последние месяцы, и призвал к дальнейшему расширению скоординированных действий для решения ее внутренних и внешних аспектов.


The Rapid Alert System aims to strengthen coordination, analysis and joint responses to disinformation through creating a dedicated digital platform for a network of contact points from the 28 EU Member States and the EU institutions, working in close cooperation with the European Election Cooperation Network.

The Rapid Alert System (RAS) is an important element of the EU’s overall approach to tackling disinformation and is one of the four pillars of the Action Plan against Disinformation endorsed by the European Council in December 2018.

The European Commission published reports by Facebook, Google and Twitter covering the progress made in January 2019 on their commitments to fight disinformation. These three online platforms are signatories of the Code of Practice against disinformation and have been asked to report monthly on their actions ahead of the European Parliament elections in May 2019.


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