The Commission plans to take action by the end of next year to protect journalists and civil society against strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP), as announced in its 2021 Work Programme and as one of the priorities of the recently adopted European Democracy Action Plan.
In this framework, the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST) is setting up a group of experts to provide advice on possible policy initiatives to fight SLAPP and/or support those targeted by the law suits. SLAPPs are groundless or exaggerated lawsuits against weaker parties who express on a matter of public interest, criticism or communicate messages that are uncomfortable to the litigants, generally state organs, business corporations or powerful individuals.
If interested in applying and/or reading more information about the expert group, kindly refer to the call for applications.
The deadline has been extended until 22 January 2021.