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Parliamentary questions
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7 February 2019
Question for written answer E-000754-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Andrejs Mamikins (S&D)

 Subject:  Extraterritorial measures to combat illicit online content in the EU
 Answer in writing 

In its resolution of 15 June 2017 on online platforms and the digital single market, Parliament called on the Commission to develop guidance on the liability of online intermediaries in relation to terrorist content.

On 1 March 2018, in response to this, the Commission adopted a recommendation with non-binding operational measures designed to enable companies and Member States to tackle illegal content online in the EU. Moreover, on 12 September 2018, it presented a proposal for a regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online, although the international dimension of online content remains unaddressed.

Considering the ubiquitous nature of online content and given that terrorist content hosted on platforms outside the EU can be disseminated very quickly, what extraterritorial competences does the Commission have at its disposal in order to prevent illicit content from infiltrating the EU’s online space?

What measures will it propose in order to circumvent illicit online content that is hosted on online platforms from outside the EU and is available to EU users?

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