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Protection of children - Recommendations

Protection of Minors and Human Dignity

 13 September 2011 - Adoption of a Report on the implementation of the 1998 and 2006 Recommendations on Protection of Minors and Human Dignity

The Council has issued two Recommendations on the Protection of Minors and Human Dignity (the second one together with the European Parliament) in order to make Member States and industry conscious of the new challenges for the protection of minors in electronic media, particularly those linked to the uptake and growing importance of online services

Considering that regulation cannot always keep pace with these developments, Member States are called upon to promote and develop appropriate framework conditions by other than purely legal means, for example through stakeholder cooperation and co- or self regulation.

The 2006 Recommendation

Member States should consider the following:

Industry to step up its efforts

The audiovisual and online information services industry should step up its efforts by developing positive measures aiming at:


The 2006 Recommendation of the European Parliament and the Council is based on the earlier 1998 Council Recommendation (see below), which remains in force.  The 2006 Recommendation extends the scope to include media literacy, the cooperation and sharing of experience and good practices between self-, co- and regulatory bodies, action against discrimination in all media, and the right of reply concerning online media.  The 1998 and the 2006 Recommendations and the Audiovisual Media Services Directive complement each other.


The 1998 Recommendation

The 1998 Recommendation calls for the adoption of guidelines for the development of national self-regulation regarding the protection of minors and human dignity. It aims at providing guidelines for national legislation. It covers all electronic media:


Go toIn 2001 and 2003 the Commission adopted two Evaluation Reports on the application of the 1998 Recommendation

Go toIn September 2011, the Commission adopted an Evaluation Report on the implementation of both the 1998 and 2006 Recommendations

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