Governments’ agreed stance on EU anti-SLAPP directive – a disappointing failure to support the adoption of robust safeguards for public watchdogs

Brussels, 12th June 2023 | CASE legal experts

A common position to a draft anti-SLAPP law endorsed by the EU governments on Thursday, 8 June 2023, heavily waters down the Commission’s original proposal and takes a restrictive approach on some of its key provisions which would significantly limit the instrument’s added value for SLAPP victims across the European Union.

CASE identified the five most concerning drawbacks contained in the position presented by the Council of the EU and developed a list of key priorities that should guide lawmakers while negotiating the Commission’s proposal.