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Monday, 25 March 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Order of business

  Roberta Metsola, on behalf of the PPE Group. – Mr President, the PPE Group would like to request a Commission statement on the security threats arising from the rapid dissemination of terrorist content online. As you, Mr President, outlined earlier, the horrific scenes in New Zealand and Utrecht, and the fact that they had an immediate global reach, only reinforces the urgency of the situation.

We know only too tragically that our space online is being abused to recruit extremists and fuel hate. We cannot allow any space for terror to flourish online; our online space must be made more secure. The EU is facing a range of terrorist attacks and threats of a violent nature from both network groups and lone actors, all of whom use the internet as a means to communicate, disseminate and recruit. We believe that this is not acceptable. While I know that legislative processes are ongoing, this week must be about sending a strong political signal. It is too important and too urgent to ignore.

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