ORDER No. 531 (1997) 1 on the impact
of the new communication and information technologies on democracy
1. Having regard to the recommendations made to national parliaments in
Resolution 1120 (1997) and the need to harmonise European and national policies, the
Assembly considers it necessary to help to establish common rules that are flexible enough
to permit the development of the new communication and information technologies (NCITs) as
well as sufficiently strict to foster their democratic use, it being understood that this
effort will draw on existing national legislation and, where necessary, the work of the
2. The Assembly invites the committees concerned to monitor the
development of the NCITs with a view to organising discussions thereon proposing any
measures deemed necessary.
3. The competent committees may now take steps to:
i. draw up a European code of electronic commerce;
ii. distinguish between the law on information and the law on the means
of conveying it.
1. Assembly debate on 22 April 1997 (11th Sitting) (see
Doc. 7772, report of the Committee on Parliamentary and Public Relations, rapporteur: Mr
Masseret; and Doc. 7805, opinion of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights,
rapporteur: Mr Rodeghiero).
Text adopted by the Assembly on 22 April 1997 (11th Sitting).