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Friday, 03 December 2004

Safer Internet Programme

Parliament adopted a legislative resolution on establishing a multiannual Community programme on promoting safer use of the Internet and new online technologies (Safer Internet Plus programme). It is established for the period 2005-2008 to promote safer use of Internet and new online technologies, particularly for children. Its aim is also to fight against illegal content and content unwanted by the end user.

The financial framework for the period from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2008 is set at €45m, of which €20,050m is for the period until 31 December 2006.
The programme is divided into four action lines and the budget is divided along these lines:

1. Fighting against illegal content (25-30% of the budget) by the means of hotlines. To ensure that the Programme is effective, hotlines are required in all Member States and candidate countries. Currently, hotlines exist in 13 of the 25 Member States.

2. Tackling unwanted and harmful content (10-17%) by means of funding for filtering technologies etc.

3. Promoting a safer environment (8-12%): the Safer Internet Forum to be developed in 2004 to provide codes of conduct.

4. Awareness-rising (47-51%) measures.

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