Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the CDMSI steers the Council of Europe’s work in the fields of freedom of expression, media, internet governance and other information society-related issues and oversees the work on personal data protection. On all questions within its area of expertise and taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the CDMSI advises the Committee of Ministers and facilitates and promotes co-operation among Council of Europe member States by developing common policies, reviewing their implementation and fulfilling any other activity which might be assigned to it.


How to become observer to CDMSI ?

Together with representatives of Council of Europe member states, steering committees can benefit from the participation of other organisations as observers, including civil society and representatives of business, technical, professional and academic communities.

Implementation of Council of Europe standards in member states

Sharing information helps improving situation in Member states. Initiatives taken in a country could usefully inspire others. The members of the CDMSI report, on a voluntary basis, relevant developments and initiatives in their countries.


Developments in Member States

Following the decision of the Committee of Ministers on 16 March 2022 the Russian Federation is no longer a member of the Council of Europe. The website will be updated as soon as possible to take account of this development.

"Everyone has the right to freedom of expression"

Art. 10 European Convention on Human Rights


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