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Parliamentary questions
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26 March 2018
Question for written answer E-001807-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso (PPE)

 Subject:  A differentiated approach for each country under the European strategy to combat disinformation
 Answer in writing 

As part of its efforts to devise a strategy to combat disinformation in the EU, the Commission presented a survey (FL464) showing that 83% of citizens perceived fake news as a problem for democracy.

While the survey reveals certain similarities across the EU, it also yields results that diverge considerably depending on the country. This points to the need for a differentiated approach in each Member State.

An example is the relationship between the frequency with which citizens think they are exposed to fake news and the level of confidence they have in their ability to identify them. An analysis of the results indicates that there is a need for a significant part of the new strategy to be focused on those countries where the exposure is greater than the perceived capacity of citizens to identify fake news: Spain, Hungary, France, Poland, Greece, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Belgium and Portugal.

Could the Commission, therefore, analyse this factor thoroughly so as to ensure that the strategy being developed addresses the situation in each country in the most effective manner? How does the Commission view the possibility of allocating more resources under this strategy to the countries with the greatest exposure to misinformation?

Original language of question: ES 
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