The European institutions agreed to a regulation to “prevent the dissemination of terrorist content on the Internet,” known as the TERREG regulation. The aim of the regulation is to prevent the recruitment of terrorists. However, the problem is the methods that are to be used to accomplish this.
For example, the regulation introduces ultra-fast cross-border content removal orders without a court order requirement. From any EU country, police authorities and ministries can have alleged terrorist content deleted within as little time as an hour. The proposed law does not provide for an independent review of the removal orders before the action is taken.
Therefore, the United Nations classified the EU’s legislative proposal as a threat to freedom of expression on the Internet. Through the cross-border removal orders, authoritarian-run states such as Hungary could delete any information they consider to be disagreeable content from the Internet by classifying it as terrorist propaganda throughout the EU.
Having negotiated this legislation on behalf of my group it has reached the final stages. Through continuous meetings and deliberations, the European Parliament and the Council, representing the Member States government, reached a final text, which all negotiators considered acceptable. The European Parliament is now to vote on the negotiated compromise.
The final text of the regulation is available for download here.Other languages of the final version are available here. It is scheduled to be voted in the European Parliament on 24 April 2021.
All trilogue negotiation documents are available for download here.
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