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Parliamentary questions
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9 April 2021
E-001913/2021
Question for written answer  E-001913/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Cindy Franssen (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Political advertising

It is often difficult, on-line, to distinguish between paid political advertising and other political content. Political actors are, moreover, increasingly focusing on personalised messages that are often misleading. It is therefore good that, in its 2021 Work Programme and in the European Democracy Action Plan(1)(2) for the third quarter of 2021, the Commission announced a legislative proposal that will make political advertising transparent. I have the following questions in this connection:

1. On what date will that proposal be submitted?

2. Will the proposal be limited to advertisements paid for by politicians and political parties, or is the Commission considering a broader definition?

3. Does the proposal only include transparency obligations or is the Commission also considering capping on-line expenditure on political advertisements?

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_2250
(2)https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:52020DC0790&from=EN#footnote12
Original language of question: NL
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