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Parliamentary questions
19 November 2012
Joint answer given by Ms Malmström on behalf of the Commission
Written questions :P-008386/12 , E-008569/12 , P-008906/12

The Clean IT initiative is run by the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice. It brings together public and private partners for an open debate on how to deal with illegal, terrorist content on the Internet(1).

The project responds to the call from the Council to: ‘develop measures to combat the misuse of the Internet for terrorist purposes while respecting fundamental rights and principles.(2)’ and to draft ‘a European agreement model for cooperation between law enforcement agencies and private operators (…)’(3).

The project is a bottom-up initiative with no legislative aims. A dedicated website(4) has been developed to provide everyone with the opportunity to share thoughts and ideas. Participants in the Clean IT workshops are selected and invited by the Project Coordinator (Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice) to ensure a balanced representation of all stakeholders concerned(5).

The Commission is not participating in the drafting process of the Clean IT document and will not take part in the upcoming workshop in Vienna. The document itself is not a classified one but simply a working document subject to frequent changes at this stage, which is why it is currently marked as not for publication. However, its final version will be made public and discussed at a conference at the beginning of 2013.

The conclusions of the project will only reflect the opinion of the authors and will not represent the views of the European Commission. The Commission will not be an owner of the Clean IT final result, however, as a part of the project's final evaluation, the Commission will assess whether or not the project has produced the deliverables as described in the project proposal, as it is the case with all projects co-funded by ISEC.

(1)Specifically the ‘public provocation to commit a terrorist offence’, ‘training for terrorism’ and ‘recruitment for terrorism’ which have been criminal offences since the adoption of Framework Decision 2008/919 JHA of 28 November 2008.
(2)Council Conclusions, 15-16.06.2006.
(3)Council Conclusions, 27.11.2008.
(5)A list of participants, which is available on the project's website (www.cleanITproject.eu) contains the data only of those participants who have agreed to make their name, or a name of their company, public.

OJ C 277 E, 26/09/2013
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