Fri. May 20th, 2022

Brussels, 20 April 2022

The Commission is today launching a public consultation on the review of existing EU legislation on combating child sexual abuse, which establishes minimum rules on the definition of criminal offenses and sanctions in this area .

As announced in the EU Strategy for a more effective fight against child sexual abuse, the Commission will assess the 2011 EU Directive on combating sexual abuse and exploitation of children to identify best practices and remaining legislative gaps.

All interested parties, including civil society, public authorities, social partners and citizens, are invited to participate. The results of this public consultation will help assess the implementation of the Directive and guide the development of further priority actions at the EU level.

The public consultation is available here and is open for contributions until July 13, 2022.

Feedback period: 28 September 2021 – 26 October 2021  (midnight Brussels time)

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Inception impact assessment – Ares(2021)5900229


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Feedback (17)

26 October 2021 | Non-governmental organisation (NGO)

Lumos Foundation (Belgium)

Child sexual abuse is a serious violation of the fundamental rights of children, which can cause long term physical, psychological and social harm to the victim. In order to adequately address all forms of sexual abuse in different settings, and ensure effective prevention initiatives, protection and support to victims are in place, Lumos is of the opinion that a new legislative framework, building on the existing Directive 2011/93/EU, will…

26 October 2021 | Non-governmental organisation (NGO)

Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) (United Kingdom)

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is an international hotline based in the UK, funded by the internet industry and European Commission, which provides a secure and anonymous place for 2.5 billion people globally to report suspected child sexual abuse material in their local language through the 48 reporting portals we operate around the world. If these reports are confirmed as CSAM, our analysts work to have that imagery removed from the…

26 October 2021 | Non-governmental organisation (NGO)

The Ordo Iuris Institute for Legal Culture (Poland)

The Ordo Iuris Institute recognizes the need to strengthen Member States’ efforts in the areas of prevention, investigation, prosecution and victim support. The proposed roadmap Option 2 – Complementing existing legislation with non-legislative measures may have a positive effect. This is because often the cause of failure is not the lack of appropriate measures or regulations, but the reluctance of law enforcement agencies to undertake…


Public consultation


Consultation period

20 April 2022 – 13 July 2022

(midnight Brussels time)

The Commission would like to hear your views

This public consultation is open. Your input will be taken into account as we further develop and fine-tune this initiative. We will summarise the input we receive in a synopsis report, explaining how we have taken it into account. Feedback received will be published on this site and therefore must adhere to the feedback rules.

Commission adoption


Planned for

First quarter 2023