Plans for a new Europe-wide counter-terrorism unit are being presented to European ministers.
The Internet Referral Unit would be part of law enforcement agency Europol and would seek to remove jihadist content from the internet.
EU policy makers want to pool member states' resources to deal with the "sheer volume" of such material.
The Paris terror attacks had pushed the item up the EU's agenda, said a senior official.
"The internet is a major facilitator for radicalisation to terrorism. Addressing this matter poses a number of different challenges," a briefing document detailing the plans says.
It adds: "The sheer volume of internet content promotin terrorism and extremism requires pooling of resources and a close cooperation with the industry."
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