Foreign Affairs Council to further develop EU’s disinformation action plan

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EU Foreign Affairs Commissioner Federica Mogherini and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the start of a EU ForeignAaffairs Council in Brussels, November 20, 2018

Foreign Affairs Council to further develop EU’s disinformation action plan


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As part of the EU”s effort to combat outside interference in the upcoming European elections, the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels is expected in the coming weeks to discuss various methods for combatting disinformation that originates from outside the bloc.
 The Council will specifically look into four main points to improve the EU’s capabilities, including its ability to detect, analyse, and expose disinformation, while also finding ways to strengthen the bloc’s joint responses to disinformation.
The panel of foreign affairs ministers also want to look into various methods to mobilise all stakeholders to tackle disinformation campaigns. Platform interaction and working with the media are two key strategies that Brussels wants to further cultivate. An EU wide rapid alert system that would allow the bloc to tailor targeted responses to attacks is also part of the EU’s foreign policy agenda.
A key element to the EU’s anti-disinformation initiatives includes raising awareness and improving the public’s awareness and resistence to the spread of false information. Most experts believe that Brussels needs to address the threat of disinformation by bolstering the Strategic Communication Task Forces of the European External Action Service, the Union Delegations, and the EU Hybrid Fusion Cell by providing them with additional specialised staff.
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