Meeting between Deputy Head of Cabinet Kristian Hedberg and
Brussels, 8 June 2017
Name of Cabinet Member: HEDBERG Kristian
Name of the Director who has cleared the briefing: Joaquim NUNES DE ALMEIDA; Hubert GAMBS
BASIS request ID: CAB BIENKOWSKA/791
Room, time: 11h
Name of main contact person:
Directorate/Unit: DG GROW B2; E3
MINI BRIEFING NOTE
Scene setter/Context of the meeting
/ Objective of the meeting:
, requested a
meeting to discuss the state of play concerning three legal acts: the draft German
Network Enforcement Act,
The briefing focuses on the status of the notification procedure of the first legal act, the
draft German "Act improving law enforcement on social networks
", under the Single
Market Transparency Directive (EU) No 2015/1535.
The draft Law aims at ensuring that criminal content (such as hate speech, defamation
or fake news) published on digital social networks (such as YouTube, Facebook or
Twitter) is promptly removed by social network operators. The draft Law was notified
on 23 March 2017 and the EC has until 28 June 2017 to express its views on the
compatibility or not of the notified draft with EU law, including with the e-Commerce
This meeting gives us the opportunity to inform Facebook on the status of the
notification procedure and to gather information on their position concerning the topics
on the agenda.
The Commission is aware of the complex balance that has to be stricken between
individual rights, effective law enforcement and the need to guarantee the free
provision of services when defining measures to avoid the proliferation of criminal
offences committed via social networks.
The Commission is currently assessing the draft Act
notified by Germany, as the
deadline for reaction expires on 28 June 2017.
Questions to the interlocutor?
How does Facebook see the draft German Network Enforcement Act falling in
the scope of the E-commerce and the enforcement of intellectual property rights
Defensives / Q&A
For each item on the Agenda