- Hans Weber
- December 4, 2023
Brussels could fine Czechia for poorly protecting children against sexual abuse
The European Commission may fine Czechia for not adequately transposing the EU Directive on combating the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, as stated by the Czech government Commissioner for Human Rights, Klara Simackova Laurencikova, and MEP Marcel Kolaja (Pirates). The country is reportedly falling short of meeting its responsibilities and the EU is considering proceedings that could result in significant fines.
The Directive, which was enacted in 2011, requires member states to take measures to prevent and combat sexual abuse and exploitation of children, including measures to protect children from such crimes committed via the internet. However, Czechia is reportedly failing to meet these requirements, resulting in the potential for fines from the European Commission.
Laurencikova emphasized the need for increased awareness of sexual abuse and online attacks, as well as modern sex education and mental health support in schools. She also stressed the importance of offering support, consulting, or therapy for individuals with atypical sexual preferences.
Kolaja added that the EU is currently preparing a new directive that focuses on protecting children from abuse online. He stated that the problem extends beyond the borders of Czechia and that dealing with it at the European level would be more effective in terms of exerting pressure on big platforms like Facebook and Google.
The MEP also pointed out the need to strike a balance between the right to privacy, the protection of children, and other compromises, and stressed the importance of stricter punishment for the abuse of children online. He emphasized the significance of European coordination in addressing this issue.
In conclusion, the potential fines for Czechia serve as a reminder of the importance of transposing EU Directives and taking measures to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation. The EU’s new directive, focusing on protecting children online, highlights the need for continued efforts to tackle this issue at a global level.
Article by Prague Forum