Fri. Jul 12th, 2024
U.S.-EU Coordination Mechanism on Information Integrity in the Western Balkans

Following the U.S.-EU Trade & Technology Council Ministerial held in Belgium last month, the U.S. Department of State and the European Union’s External Action Service (EEAS) launched a joint U.S.-EU Coordination Mechanism on the Western Balkans – focused exclusively on foreign information manipulation and interference (FIMI), which includes disinformation and propaganda.

Recognizing our shared policy towards the Western Balkans and foreign actors targeting the region with FIMI operations, the Mechanism will strengthen the integrity of the information environment in the Western Balkans.  This Mechanism will empower like-minded partners to become self-sufficient in addressing the FIMI threat and to work together to reduce Russia’s and the People’s Republic of China’s ability to employ propaganda and information manipulation campaigns in the region.

We are continuing to work towards the region’s integration into Euro-Atlantic structures.  This policy looks to strengthen Europe as a geostrategic partner, fortifies democratic governance and rule of law, and makes regional partners more secure and prosperous.  This policy rests on safeguarding the integrity of the digital information space.  Today, as factual and manipulated information alike are free flowing and borderless, an open and fact-based information domain is an indispensable facet of successful democratic governance.

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originally published at Politics - JISIP NEWS