Answer given by Mr Barnier on behalf of the Commission
1. Pursuant to Directive 98/34/EC(1), Member States have to notify draft legislation containing rules specifically aimed at information society services. The Commission has not yet received the notification of the draft law to which the Honourable Member refers. Should the Commission receive such a notification, it will scrupulously analyse its compatibility with EC law, including the principles enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights as well as the prohibition of imposing a general monitoring obligation on intermediary online service providers (Article 15 of Directive 2000/31/EC)(2) and the safeguards concerning the access to and use of services and applications through electronic communications networks (Article 1(3a) of Directive 2002/21/EC(3)).
2. The measures to which the Honourable Member refers have to be analysed on a case-by-case basis. In its communication on ‘A Single Market for Intellectual Property Rights’(4) the Commission has pointed out that a review of Directive 2004/48/EC(5) (IPR Enforcement Directive) should have as its objective tackling online IPR infringements at their source, without prejudicing the interests of end-consumers and in full respect of all fundamental rights recognised by the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. In particular, pursuant to Article 1(3a) of the framework Directive, limitations of end-users' access and use of electronic communications networks must be subject to adequate procedural safeguards, which ensures that these cannot be enacted on the basis of mere accusations alone.
Directive 2000/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2000 on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular electronic commerce, in the internal market (Directive on electronic commerce), OJ L 178/1, 17.7.2000.
Directive 2002/21/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on a common regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services (Framework Directive), OJ L 108, 24.4.2002, as amended by Directive 2009/140/EC, OJ L 337, 18.12.2009, p. 37, and Regulation 544/2009, OJ L 167, 29.6.2009, p. 12.