Brussels/Strasbourg, January 18 (TASR correspondent) –
Five out of Slovakia’s 13 MEPs have signed a joint call to form a common EU strategy to combat disinformation and propaganda spread from Russia, TASR learnt on Thursday.
The MEPs discussed the impact of Russian propaganda on EU-member states with EU Commissioner for Security Union Julian King at their plenary session in Strasbourg on Wednesday (January 17). They concurred that the spreading of disinformation and propaganda is a serious security threat in many countries of the EU and its neighbourhood and called for a joint strategy to strengthen the struggle against this problem.
The call has been joined by five of the six Slovak MEPs of the European People’s Party (EPP) faction in the EP, namely Pal Csaky (SMK), Eduard Kukan (Independent), Miroslav Mikolasik (KDH), Jozsef Nagy (Most-Hid) and Ivan Stefanec (KDH). In a joint statement they warn against security risks and propaganda spread or financed from abroad.
“We’re joining many of our European peers in condemning the propaganda and disinformation that is being spread with the support of the Russian Federation or directly by Russia,” reads the joint stance. This propaganda and disinformation is being spread systematically in order to undermine democratic processes in EU countries. “We see Russia behind the financing of many extremist movements and radical political parties that openly question democratic principles in the EU. This trend appears to be especially dangerous in election processes and is becoming a serious security risk for many EU countries, including Slovakia,” stated the Slovak MEPs.
The Slovak MEPs are also concerned about the statements and public appearances of certain Slovak governing politicians, who are participating in the spreading of disinformation and Russian propaganda, “thereby threatening our security and weakening Slovakia’s credibility within the EU”.