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Tuesday, 10 September 2013 - Strasbourg Revised edition

EU cybersecurity strategy: an open, safe and secure cyberspace - Digital agenda for growth, mobility and employment (debate)

  Amelia Andersdotter (Verts/ALE). - Mr President, the digital single market is a good objective. Copyright reform seems inevitable for this goal, but unfortunately the Commission has not even managed an evaluation of the directive from 2001. I would be delighted to have an explanation as to why that is not happening. At the same time, one wonders whether overhauling all of the existing telecommunications legislation without proper evaluation would be the right way forward. We have many urgent problems that are well assessed. One of them is ‘notice and action’: how to ensure a due process for protecting freedom of speech online. But here the Commission has so far been unwilling to let Parliament have a say. Parliament should clarify a clearly dangerous legal uncertainty which the Commission has itself established.

Young people in Europe do not trust in the European Union and they do not vote in the elections. And why should they? The digital single market needs to be founded on respect for fundamental rights, legal certainty, trust, privacy and resilience. I would be very happy to work with the Commission to achieve these goals and to hear the Commission’s comments on how to ensure they are achieved.

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