The Rapporteurs Tiemo Wölken and Roberta Metsola have completed a long and detailed path that included meetings with stakeholders and exams of studies and researches.

After months of debates and votes through the Committees, the report came to the final approval of the great majority of MEPs.

It is a motion for a EP Resolution that highlights that SLAPPs are vexatious, a direct attack on the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms, and aim to silence the diversity of critical public thought and opinion, including through journalistic self-censorship.

It raises attention on the effects of SLAPPs on fundamental rights, on the internal market, on justice systems and their connections with hate speech, and underlines the need for a legislative action suggesting possible soft law measures.

The Annex contains a lot of suggestions, both of legal initiatives and of support measures to be implemented by the European Commission.

Publication Date: 11/11/2021
Research and Editorial Team: Roberta Metsola and Tiemo Woelken