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Policy Dialogue
The Disinformation and Democracy Action Plans: the response to a changing information environment

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Friday, 25 June 2021
 11:00 - 12:30
By invitation only


Aura Salla
Public Policy Director, Head of EU Affairs, Facebook
Baudilio Tomé Muguruza
Member of the European Court of Auditors
Lutz Guellner
Head of Division, Strategic Communication, European External Action Service
Nad’a Kovalčíková
Program Manager and Fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD), German Marshall Fund of the United States
Vera Jourova
Vice-President for Values and Transparency, European Commission


Paul Butcher
Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre


As the past year has demonstrated, disinformation, misinformation and conspiracy theories continue to pose a challenge to European democracy and effective decision-making. Claims and counter-claims about the origins of COVID-19, the safety of the vaccine, and the plans for post-pandemic social and economic recovery have sown confusion and exacerbated social divisions.

The EU has coordinated a combined effort to take steps against disinformation, including the European Commission, the European External Action Service, member states, social media platforms and civil society. This multifaceted response to disinformation was first formally brought together in the framework of the 2018 Action Plan against Disinformation. Since then, it has been complemented by a number of new initiatives and developments, including the European Democracy Action Plan, the Digital Services Act, and plans for the revision of the Code of Practice for online platforms.

The European Court of Auditors has recently published an audit on the Action Plan against Disinformation, which found that the plan was relevant when it was drawn up but has been outpaced by events. How has the EU’s approach to fighting disinformation developed since the 2018 Action Plan? How has the landscape changed, given the pandemic, changing geopolitical circumstances, and the influence and role of social media platforms? What are the biggest strengths of the EU’s approach to disinformation, and what still needs to be improved?


Following a keynote speech by European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová, this Policy Dialogue will take stock of the EU’s efforts in the area of disinformation and related questions.

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