Today the Commission is launching a public consultation to gather data and views on the upcoming legislative initiative to fight child sexual abuse.
Who can participate? National, regional and local authorities, civil society organisations, businesses and private individuals are invited to contribute.
When? The public consultation opens today 11 February 2021 and will remain open until 15 April 2021. It is currently available in English, and will be available in all EU official languages on 17 February 2021.
More about this public consultation: the results of the consultation will contribute to the Proposal for a Regulation addressing the detection, removal and reporting of child sexual abuse content online. This consultation follows the inception impact assessment published in December 2020, when the Commission has received feedbacks on the initiative from relevant stakeholders. As set out in the EU strategy for a more effective fight against child sexual abuse, the Commission will propose the necessary legislation to tackle child sexual abuse online more effectively, to better protect victims’ rights, and to work towards the possible creation a European centre to prevent and counter child sexual abuse. Read more on the blog of Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson.
The European Commission published in July 2020 the EU Strategy for a more effective fight against child sexual abuse. The Strategy sets out a comprehensive response to the growing threat of child sexual abuse both offline and online, by improving prevention, investigation, and assistance to victims. It includes eight initiatives for the 2020-2025 period to put in place a strong legal framework, strengthen the law enforcement response, and facilitate a coordinated approach across the many actors involved in protecting and supporting children.
The Commission has already proposed an interim Regulation to ensure that providers of online communications services can continue their voluntary practices to detect and report child sexual abuse online and remove child sexual abuse material. This proposal is now being discussed by the European Parliament and the Council.