Our work on foreign interference and disinformation

Reacting to the growing evidence of external interference and disinformation campaigns affecting European elections and public debates, the S&D Group has successfully managed to set up a special committee to shed light on these practices, which jeopardise European democracy and the EU project.

The special committee will analyse the situation across Europe and work on ambitious proposals to respond to foreign interference and manipulation. The threats include: large-scale disinformation campaigns, cyber-attacks aimed at undermining electoral infrastructure, hack-and-leak operations targeted at public figures, the use of online trolls/bots to spread ‘fake news’, political micro-targeting of vulnerable communities, and last but not least the illegal funding of political parties and foundations. In addition, the committee will look at how the EU regions depend on foreign technology infrastructure, which could be used to cut crucial supply and communication networks.

Our priorities

Understanding the threats
  • Analyse the situation across Europe and get a clear picture of the different aspects of the problem to obtain a clearer view of what we face.
  • Assess the action taken by Big Tech companies to fix the problem of disinformation.
  • Investigate the quality and security of tech infrastructure in European and national institutions, locating the vulnerabilities that could lead to system breaches and cyber-attacks.
A strategy to safeguard our democracies
  • Propose a comprehensive strategy to prevent malicious interference at European and even global level.
  • Present a clear analysis of where and how foreign financing of political groups is happening so that action can be taken, nationally and internationally.
  • Step up action with traditional and social media platforms to prevent malicious activities, including improving algorithms online and in social media to ensure that foreign state-sponsored content does not appear at the top of search results.
  • Set out a duty-of-care strategy for social media platforms to protect vulnerable citizens from bogus political interference.
  • Propose penalties for Big Tech companies that fail to address the problem.
  • Strengthen resilience to disinformation, for example by creating effective programmes for digital literacy and empowering the research community to counter disinformation. 
  • Co-operate with the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence to include AI experts/researchers in the fight to defend our democracies and expose disinformation.
  •  Identify areas of co-operation with the EU’s international allies to exchange ideas/resources and facilitate joint campaigns against malign interference.

MEPs involved

GLUCKSMANN Raphaël
GLUCKSMANN Raphaël
Chair
France
CIMOSZEWICZ Włodzimierz
CIMOSZEWICZ Włodzimierz
Vice-chair
Poland
MAJORINO Pierfrancesco
MAJORINO Pierfrancesco
Coordinator
Italy
PICULA Tonino
PICULA Tonino
Member
Croatia
LÓPEZ AGUILAR Juan Fernando
LÓPEZ AGUILAR Juan Fernando
Member
Spain
MAXOVÁ Radka
MAXOVÁ Radka
Member
Czech Republic
SCHIEDER Andreas
SCHIEDER Andreas
Member
Austria
KAMMEREVERT Petra
KAMMEREVERT Petra
Substitute
Germany
SANTOS Isabel
SANTOS Isabel
Substitute
Portugal
ANDROULAKIS Nikos
ANDROULAKIS Nikos
Substitute
Greece

S&D press contact

Czerny-grimm Inga
CZERNY-GRIMM Inga
Press Officer
Poland

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