Decision no. 276/1999/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 January 1999 adopting a multiannual Community action plan on promoting safer use of the internet by combating illegal and harmful content on global networks

Regulations and Policies

Decision No 276/1999/EC introduced a four-year action plan focused on promoting safer use of the Internet and encouraging, at European level, a favourable environment for the development of the Internet industry. In order to attain these objectives, a number of actions to support and promote measures to be taken in the Member States were set in accordance with the action lines set out in Annex I and the means for implementing the action plan set out in Annex III. Examples of actions include the promotion of industry self-regulation and content-monitoring schemes, and encouraging industry to provide filtering tools and rating systems, which allow users to access appropriate content.