Mr Olgierd Geblewicz, President of the West Pomerania region, Poland and member of the CoR, will host a group of CoR CIVEX commission members in Świnoujście, Poland in the framework of the study visit "How to combat hate speech and disinformation – case studies".
The aim of this event is to raise awareness of the growing social phenomenon of disinformation, hate speech and online propaganda, and its negative impact on European society.
CIVEX members will discuss the mechanisms of creation and duplication of destructive content and fake news, and focus on the successful ways to counter hate speech and disinformation. They will have the opportunity to learn about good practices and activities undertaken locally and nationally in Poland, share their views and experiences, and look jointly for solutions.
Disinformation and the ways to counter it is a topic of great importance for the EU at all levels – from local to international. Access to accurate information from a variety of points of view is essential for good functioning of democratic political systems.
The CoR, and CIVEX commission in particular, has been very engaged on this crucial topic. The CoR adopted an opinion on "Tackling online disinformation: a European approach" on its 7 February 2019 meeting. The rapporteur was Olgierd Geblewicz (PL/EPP). A new CoR opinion on disinformation, with rapporteur Randel Länts (EE/PES), is expected to be adopted in the next few months, addressing the European Commission-EEAS Action plan against disinformation.