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The German government and the European Commission jointly held a Ministerial Conference titled “Global Information Networks: Realising the Potential” in Bonn in July 1997. The Ministerial Declaration from this Conference stated that:

Ministers stressed the role which the Private Sector can play in protecting the interests of consumers and in promoting and respecting ethical standards, through properly functioning systems of self-regulation in compliance with and supported by the legal system. Ministers encourage industry to implement open, platform-independent content rating systems and to propose rating services which meet the needs of different users and take account of Europe’s cultural and linguistic diversity.