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the EU Council has adopted the first legal instrument concerning the content of on-line services
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- Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 22:36:30 +0200
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>From: [DG 10, Europäische Kommission]
>Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 10:03:14 +0200
>Subject: the EU Council has adopted the first legal instrument concerning the
> content of on-line services
>Notwithstanding the diversity of the services in question, the differing
national sensibilities concerning basic values and the differing traditions
with regard to regulation and self-regulation, the European Union has
succeeded in reaching a consensus and swiftly developing a joint strategy :
>The Recommendation on the protection of minors and human dignity in the
audiovisual and information services was approved by the European
Parliament by 513 votes to 1 on 14 May and was adopted yesterday (28 may)
by the Council.
>It is the first legal instrument concerning the content of on-line
audiovisual and information services made available on the Internet.
>The Recommendation, which is a legal act under Article 189 of the Treaty,
aims to provide guidelines for national legislation. Its legal basis is
article 130 (development of the audiovisual and information services
industry). It covers all electronic media:
>- television is asked to try out new digital methods of parental control
(such as personal codes, filtering software or control chips), although the
responsibility of broadcasters in this area is acknowledged;
>- on-line Internet service providers are asked to develop codes of good
conduct so as to better apply and clarify current legislation. The
Recommendation fits in with current national and European regulations.
>The Recommendation offers guidelines for the development of national
self-regulation regarding the protection of minors and human dignity.
Self-regulation is based on three key elements: first, the involvement of
all the interested parties (Government, industry, service and access
providers, user associations) in the production of codes of conduct;
secondly, the implementation of codes of conduct by the industry; thirdly,
the evaluation of measures taken. In practice, this means the industry
adopting codes of conduct which lay down the rules of the game.
>The European Union, having given on-line services careful and measured
consideration, has quickly developed a coherent instrument for audiovisual
and information services which will help to ensure a high level of
protection for minors and human dignity on our continent.
>The text of the recommendation is already available in 3 languages (others
languages will come soon):
F-06902 Sophia-Antipolis Cedex