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Participants in the conference ”Safer Internet for Children” adopt the Prague Declaration

Published on: 21.04.09
Source: Press Release Eurocentrum Prague

Ivan Langer, (c): eu2009.cz

The Czech Ministry of the Interior in cooperation with the European Commission organised a ministerial conference ”Safer Internet for Children - fighting together against illegal content and conduct on-line” in Prague on 20 April 2009. The Czech Republic was represented by Minister of Interior Ivan Langer and the Police President, Oldrich Martinu. The conference was dedicated to the process of improving cooperation between all stakeholders in the field of promoting safer Internet and mobile communications, especially for children. At the end of the conference the participants adopted the Prague Declaration.

"International protection of children is one of the key priorities of the Ministry of Interior and we have paid increased attention to all related activities. One of our key ideas is the Prague Declaration, which we drafted and presented to the conference participants. The Prague Declaration, which we adopted today, wishes to enhance cooperation between all stakeholders across Europe and establish conditions for safer use of the Internet by children", said the Czech Minister of the Interior Ivan Langer, and presented the flower symbolising the Prague Declaration. "I drew inspiration from nature in spring and I will use this flower to explain the idea behind our Declaration. In the centre we have the child and the petals symbolise activities to secure the protection of the child. The first petal represents the Member States which bear the responsibility for both political and legislative measures. In this respect, I very much welcome the representatives of Switzerland and Norway who decided to join the Prague Declaration. Our flower, in the spirit of the Czech Presidency motto "a Europe without Barriers" thus helped remove barriers not only between the Member States, abut also between the "27" and the two countries which are not members of the Union. The second petal represents European cooperation. The key stakeholders here are the European Commission and, primarily, EUROPOL and INTERPOL. The improved cooperation and coordination of individual Member States will allow EUROPOL and INTERPOL to better detect and investigate for example criminal networks organising child pornography. The rest of the petals are equally important since they represent various institutions and organisations, such as industry associations, Internet Service Providers (ISP), mobile telephony providers, social networks, NGOs or schools, which should ideally be in the front line of Internet awareness raising among children".

One of the highlights of the conference was the presentation of the Safer Internet programme for 2009 - 2013, the budget of which is €55 million. This significant sum of money is, as explained by Richard Swetenham, a representative of the European Commission, dedicated to both awareness raising and activities to suppress illegal content and harmful conduct on line, including improved policing.

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