Minister of Culture: the EU Member States have to act in concerted way against disinformation


2018 11 27


Fight against spread of online disinformation and related challenges to media ecosystem – this was the topic of political discussion conducted on Tuesday in the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council of the European Union (EU) in Brussels, told Minister of Culture, Mrs. Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson.

The Minister expressed the Lithuanian position that the main source of disinformation – Russia – has to be named in the joint action plan prepared by the European External Action Service and the European Commission regarding the EU strategic communication in order to fight disinformation directed by the third countries against the EU.

“Intensity and hostility of disinformation show that any single country is not able to resolve these big challenges for security. The interference with lections, decision-making and freedom of democratic choice deserves coordinated and thorough response of the EU. The strategic communication has to be seen as an important part of the EU agenda when the priorities for the next five years are set. Only joint efforts may help us to achieve effective results and to ensure safe environment for all of us,” – said Minister L. Ruokytė-Jonsson. At the same time the Minister shared the good practice of Lithuania in ensuring resistance to information threats.

The report on progress was approved by the EU Council of Ministers of Culture regarding the continued programme “Creative Europe” that is considered by the European Parliament and the Council at present. The European Commission plans to increase financing of the programme used to sponsor European cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors from the long-term budget for 2021–2027 up to 1,85 billion euros – this amount is bigger by 27 percent than the amount granted for the current programme. The new programme focuses on three areas – “Media” that is a sub-programme of the programme “Creative Europe” and supports the EU film and other audiovisual industry; sub-programme “Culture” and intersectorial actions. In order for talented artists to be able to maintain contacts in the entire Europe and for the creators to find it easier to cooperate on the international level, and in order to induce variety of the European cultures and languages, the cooperation projects will be conducted and the networks and platforms will be created. This financing will be also dedicated for cooperation in the area of cultural policy, for inducement of free and various media environment, and for support of qualitative journalism and media literacy.

The EU Council of Ministers of Culture discussed strengthening of content created in Europe in the digital space and other issues relevant for cooperation of the Member States in the area of culture.

The bilateral meeting of the Minister of Culture, Mrs. Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson, and the Estonian Minister of Culture, Mr. Indrek Saar was also held in Brussels. They discussed the Estonian initiative to consider options for the Baltic States to join the Nordisk Film and TV Fund.