This audit will examine the EU Action Plan against Disinformation in terms of its relevance, the results achieved so far and its accountability framework. In particular, we will analyse whether:
- the EU Action Plan is sufficiently robust;
- the European External Action Service has adequately increased its capacity to face the challenges of disinformation;
- the Code of Practice has brought tangible improvements;
- the EU funding of awareness-raising action the expected results;
- those taking action are held accountable by means of robust and transparent monitoring and reporting.
In our assessment, we will draw on the results of knowledge-gathering visits to the EEAS, the European Commission, the European Parliament and, if necessary, the NATO Headquarters in Brussels. In addition, we will visit the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence in Riga, Latvia and the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats in Helsinki, Finland to identify good practice and consult experts.
In the course of our audit, we will analyse key issues identified during the preparatory phase. Since these issues have been identified before the audit work commences, they should not be regarded as audit observations, conclusions or recommendations.