EBU POSITION ON THIS ISSUE
- Ensure public service media is available across all relevant distribution networks
- Preserve and modernize must-carry rules to today’s multi-platform media environment
- Give Member States ability to apply legal provisions if any appropriate remuneration is to be determined for must-carry rules
- Enable National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) to apply ex-ante access obligations for audiovisual media services including related complementary services where needed
- Ensure full alignment of EU telecoms rules with existing radio spectrum rules at EU and national level
- Promote the interoperability of radio sets to accelerate the transition towards digital radio in Europe
WHAT IS AT STAKE?
The way electronic communications networks and services are regulated at EU level directly impacts the availability and technical quality of media services. Public Service Media (PSM) organizations invest over 18 billion euros in content per year in Europe and need to use electronic communication networks and services to deliver audiovisual media programmes which serve the general interest. IP networks in particular are essential to reach audiences in today’s converging environment and are a natural home to innovative services.
The review of the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) offers an opportunity to introduce well-calibrated updates to the regulatory toolkit EU Member States have at their disposal. A key objective is to ensure fair competition and support media pluralism and cultural diversity, by notably providing guarantees for user access to audiovisual media services of general interest via communication networks and services. It is crucial that the EECC continues supporting these policy objectives.
“Our ambition is to enhance our relationship with EU citizens and enrich viewer experience. Public broadcasters want to ensure the best possible access to their services for audiences. We hope the revision of the current set of rules will continue to encourage media pluralism and cultural diversity whilst modernizing the rules to take account of the evolving digital landscape”Wouter Gekiere
Deputy Head of European Affairs
MAINTAIN AND MODERNIZE MUST-CARRY RULES
ENFORCE FAIR COMPETITION AND RESTRICT ‘GATEKEEPER POWER’ WITH EX-ANTE ACCESS RULES
ENSURE RADIO SPECTRUM POLICY RESPECTS NATIONAL SPECIFICITIES AND NEEDS
PROMOTE INTEROPERABLE RADIO RECEPTION TO ACCELERATE THE DIGITAL TRANSITION
The way electronic communications networks and services are regulated at EU level directly impacts the availability and technical quality of media services.
EBU amendments on the European Commission proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the European Electronic Communications Code
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU)1 welcomes the publication of the Commission proposal for a Directive establishing the European Electronic Communications Code2 as a good basis for the development of a modern and future-proof EU regulatory framework.
EBU Reply: Platforms and online intermediaries
The EBU Reply to the EC consultation on the regulatory environment for platforms, online intermediaries, data and cloud computing and the collaborative economy
EBU Reply: Telecoms framework
The EBU Reply to the EC consultation on the evaluation and the review of the regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services
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Access to information
ACCESS TO INFORMATION IN A CONVERGED MEDIA ENVIRONMENT EBU Contribution to the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers Responsible for Media and Information Society (Belgrade, 7 and 8 November 2013)