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Parliamentary questions
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10 July 2019
E-002204-19
Question for written answer E-002204-19
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Dominique Bilde (ID)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Commission action plan against disinformation in the western Balkans
 Answer in writing 

In its ‘Action Plan against Disinformation’ communication of 5 December 2018(1), the Commission stated that, in view of the 2019 European elections, its ‘budget for strategic communication’ was expected to ‘more than double’ and be accompanied by an increase in staff.

The Commission has also set up a Western Balkans Task Force, which will address disinformation attempts, including by Russia, as part of its work.

According to the communication, the East Strategic Communication Task Force has ‘catalogued, analysed and put the spotlight on over 4 500 examples of disinformation by the Russian Federation’. The mandate of the western Balkans Task Force should therefore be reviewed ‘in the light of the growing scale and importance of disinformation activities’ in this region.

1. Does the VP/HR plan to present a detailed overview of the action taken by the western Balkans Task Force?

2. What action will the western Balkans Task Force take in its next mandate?

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/eu-communication-disinformation-euco-05122018_en.pdf

Original language of question: FR 
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