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European Commission replies to open letter regarding SLAPPs

In May 2020, a group of twenty-six NGOs sent an open letter to the European Commission. The letter raised concerns about Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) and offered suggestions for EU action.

Now, the Directorate-General Justice and Consumers of the European Commission sent a reply, acknowledging the problems and outlining the Commission’s actions on it.

 

The actions include:

  • conducting a mapping of the possible situations of abuse of litigation against journalists,
  • evaluation of the Brussels I Recast Regulation, on jurisdiction and recognition and enforcement of judgments, and the Rome II Regulation
  • a study on the application of the Rome II Regulation
  • improving the resilience of the EU’s democracies through the European Democracy Action Plan.

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