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Parliamentary questions
17 October 2012
Answer given by Ms Malmström on behalf of the Commission

On the basis of EU legislation(1), Member States are under no obligation to report on the number of investigations or prosecutions for the offences of distribution, dissemination or transmission of child sexual abuse material, nor on acquisition or possession of such material. The Commission therefore does not dispose of consolidated statistics at EU level.

To facilitate in the mid‐term the collection of reliable and comparable crime statistics at EU level, the Commission has launched a new Action Plan on crime statistics covering the period 2011-15. The action plan focuses on the exchange of information and the collection of statistics in particular areas, such as trafficking in human beings, money laundering, cybercrime and corruption, the aim being to gradually extend the methodology for collecting good quality statistics to other crime areas such as child sexual abuse.

Data on prosecutions and convictions are available at national level, according to domestic legislation and procedures.

(1)Council Framework Decision 2004/68/JHA of 22 December 2003 on combating the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, OJ L 13, 20.1.2004, p.44; and Directive 2011/93/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 2011 on combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2004/68/JHA, OJ L 335, 17.12.2011, p. 1.

OJ C 270 E, 19/09/2013
Last updated: 16 January 2013Legal notice