Decision No 854/2005/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2005 establishing a multiannual Community Programme on promoting safer use of the Internet and new online technologies

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Summary of the initiative

The aim of Decision No 854/2005/EC is to fund programmes in particular "projects which aim to adapt rating systems and quality labels to take account of the convergence of telecommunications, audio-visual media and information technology and to self-regulatory initiatives to back up the reliability of self-labelling and services for assessing the accuracy of self-rating labels." (Annex I, Action 2). The Commission by defining funding criteria has set a framework for Co-regulation. "A fully functioning system of self-regulation is an essential element in limiting the flow of unwanted, harmful and illegal content. Self-regulation involves a number of components: consultation and appropriate representation of the parties concerned; codes of conduct; national bodies facilitating cooperation at Community level; and national evaluation of self-regulation frameworks. There is a continuing need for Community work in this area to encourage the European Internet and new online technologies industries to implement codes of conduct." (Annex I, Action 3). It was followed by the Safer Internet programme 2009-13, which pursued the objectives of the 2005 “Safer Internet Plus” programme (referred to as Better Internet for Kids - BIK). Since 2014, the continuation of the programme is provided under the “Connecting Europe Facility” (CEF).

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