The Austrian Presidency was instrumental in driving forward our work on security and particularly the fight against terrorism. I am very happy to see that today Ministers agreed their negotiating position on the rules we proposed to stop the spread of terrorist content online. This was done in record time and shows great commitment to keeping Europeans safe online.
You know that we have only some months before the European elections, and we have to do our job in the meantime in order to finalise key files. I hope the ministers today will show readiness and political will in order to move forward
I would like to welcome you all to this fourth, Ministerial EU Internet Forum. I am proud to see that this Forum we took the initiative to create back in 2015 is still such a rich and vibrant platform for action against extremism on the internet.
The comprehensive approach established by the EU and its Member States over the past four years has delivered tangible results. We have deepened cooperation with partners outside the EU, saved almost 700,000 lives in the Mediterranean, and better protected our external borders.