Authorities in 13 European countries have agreed to share information and investigate complaints across borders in a new initiative designed to fight the spread of 'spam' electronic mail. The voluntary agreement, which establishes a common procedure for dealing with cross-border complaints on spam, was drawn up by the contact network of spam enforcement authorities (CNSA) - an initiative of the European Commission. EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media, Viviane Reding, welcomed the agreement, but also called on other Member States to sign up to it. 'Enforcement authorities in Member States must be able to deal effectively with spam from other EU countries even though at present most spam originates from outside the EU. In parallel, we are working on cooperation with third countries both bilaterally and in international fora like the OECD and the international telecommunication union,' she added. Signatories to the agreement pledge to undertake their 'best efforts' to address complaints forwarded to them from other parties, ensuring that greater cooperation closes any loopholes that could be exploited by spammers. The countries that have so far signed the agreement are: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, and Spain.
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