European Union,General,International

Webinar on transparency and political advertising in elections

28 Feb , 2023  

Brussels, Vienna, 28 February 2023: In the framework of the “Supporting Engagement in European Elections and Democratic Societies” (SEEEDS) Project Election-Watch.EU  (EW), together with European Partnership for Democracy (EPD), Democracy Reporting International (DRI), and European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) organised a webinar on transparency in European Elections on 28 February 2023.

This webinar provided an overview of the state of knowledge on transparency and targeting of political advertising in the European Parliament elections. Particular attention was given to upcoming regulations to political advertising, algorithms-led online campaigning, disinformation, and monitoring of social media.    

     Special emphasis was placed on:

  • What are the main changes for political advertising from the 2019 to the 2024 European elections?
  • How are the envisaged reforms enhancing transparency of political competition across the EU Member States?
  • What measures are envisaged to avoid bias against women and minorities of algorithm-led online campaigning?
  • Which are the most effective measures to counter disinformation and information from malicious actors from inside and outside the EU?
  • Which strategies and methodologies are envisaged to monitor social media networks and platforms and their compliance with the new EU regulations during the 2024 European elections?

Following a presentation of the status quo of political advertising regulation in the EU by Mr. Fernando Hortal Foronda, Digital Policy Officer, European Partnership for Democracy

the following panelists provided brief presentations and discuss the topic:

Ms. Alexandra Geese, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA

Mr. Edvin Hasangjekaj, Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU, current EU Presidency

Mr. Francesco Sciacchitano, AGCOM Senior Legal Officer and Chair of the ERGA Task Force on Political Ads

Ms. Eliska Pirkova, Europe Senior Policy Analyst and Global Freedom of Expression Lead; Access Now

Armin Rabitsch from Election-Watch.EU moderated the event.

The Webinar was recorded and can be watched here:

More details here:
SEEEDS Webinar 2 28 Feb 2023 Invitation & Agenda


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