“I asked the ministers to support my request to increase the human and financial resources” to fight against disinformation and propaganda coming from abroad, said Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
“I received the political support by the ministers on this. Now we will check if the finance ministers will follow the indications of the foreign affairs ministers in the coming weeks,” she told reporters after the Council meeting.
Propaganda and disinformation activities generated and multiplied by foreign actors based in Russia have become a concern, primarily in Ukraine and eastern EU member states.
But following a swathe of fake news stories during the French elections and, more recently, during the Catalan crisis, ministers agreed that more needs to be done to counter this new type of threat aimied at destabilising the bloc.