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Europe

Harmonisation of media policy on the European level started in October 1989 with the Directive on Transfrontier Television (TwF) which was revised in 1997, forming the legal basis for commercial television in Europe. The European Convention on Transfrontier Television which was first adopted by the Council of Europe in May 1989 also contains provisions on broadcasting which apply across Europe as a whole.

Audiovisual Media Services Directive

The Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMS-D) updates the TwF Directive and now also covers non-linear services. Transposition into German media law was completed with the 13th amendment to the Interstate Broadcasting Treaty which entered into force on 01 April 2010. The debate during transposition focused on the definition of what is broadcasting, the introduction of product placement and the provisions on short news reporting.

Detailed information on the changes implemented through the AVMS Directive can be found under: ec.europa.eu/avpolicy/reg/avms/index_en.htm

Activities of the media authorities on European media policy

The European Affairs Commissioner of the Directors' Conference of the Media Authorities (DLM) coordinates the activities of the authorities at the European level. He keeps track of all legislative activities regarding the media in Europe and develops positions for the authorities on current developments in the broadcasting sector.

In addition, the Commissioner promotes the exchange of views and opinions on media policy and media law with the institutions of the European Union (EU) and other regulatory bodies at EU level. The DLM is a member of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) and regularly participates in the twice-yearly "Tripartite" meetings of the British (Ofcom), French (CSA) and German (DLM) media authorities.

ERGA - The European Regulators Group for Audivisual Media Services

Dr. Tobias Schmid, the present European Affairs Commissioner of the Media Authorities is member and german representative in the ERGA.

The European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) brings together heads or high level representatives of national independent regulatory bodies in the field of audiovisual services, to advise the Commission on the implementation of the EU's Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD).

On 3 February 2014, the European Commission adopted a Decision on establishing the ERGA and setting the objectives for the Group:

  • to advise and assist the Commission in its work, to ensure a consistent implementation of the AVMSD as well as in any other matters related to audiovisual media services within the Commission's competence.
  • to facilitate cooperation between the regulatory bodies in the EU, as provided for in the directive regulating audiovisual media services.
  • to allow for an exchange of experience and good practices.

Contacting the Media Authorities

If you need any further information about the German Media Authorities, their organization or their activities on European media policy, please get in contact with us:

Joint Management Office

die medienanstalten - ALM GbR
Peter Matzneller
Consultant Legal & European Affairs
Friedrichstraße 60
D-10117 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 2064690-14
Email: europa@die-medienanstalten.de

ERGA Positions and Consultation Papers