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EU calls for protection of elections from manipulation

European Union (EU) interior and justice ministers discussed in Luxembourg Monday the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal.

“This was a wake-up call for everyone and reminded us that our elections, both at national and European level should be protected from this kind of manipulation,” EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova told a press conference after the meeting.

She highlighted the need for proper application of new rules on data protection and particular the powers and the resources of data protection authorities.

Ministers also debated the proposal of the European Commission and reaffirmed its importance for ensuring effective and quick mechanisms to collect and use electronic-evidence.

“Once adopted our rules on electronic evidence will strengthen our position at global level given that new rules on these issues are also being developed internationally,” she noted.

On her part, Tsetska Tsacheva, Bugarian Minister of Justice, who holds the current EU Presidency, told the joint press conference that another important topic of great concern to the EU citizens, is the strategy and the action plan in the field of electronic-justice in the period 2019-2023.

“These are important tools which will give our citizens easier access to justice,” she added.

On Tuesday the ministers will discuss security issues, terrorism and migration policy.

Source: Kuwait News Agency