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Political agreement on the fight against sexual exploitation of children

30 June 2011

The negotiators of the three EU institutions – the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission have found a political agreement on the text of the Directive on combating sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of children and child pornography.

In March 2010, EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, put forward a proposal to, amongst others, aims to combat sexual exploitation of children. The Commission's proposal is what the negotiators have now agreed on:
"I welcome this agreement which confirms the EU's commitment to fight sexual abuse and the sexual exploitation of children, by preventing the offences, protecting the victims and punishing the criminals behind this repellent crime. The response of the EU cannot be too clear or too resolute. Whatever the EU can possibly do against these kinds of abuse, the EU must and will do.", said Cecilia Malmström.

Read the Commissioner's statement in full and read more on the Commission's proposal.
The negotiators have also reached a political agreement on stricter rules on combat illicit trafficking of civilian firearms. Read the Commissioner's statements in full on firearms here.