FACTSHEET published on 31 Aug 2017 • Department / Unit Legal & PolicyInitiative or Policy Telecoms Package

Telecoms Framework

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.

Must-carry rules should be updated to cover audiovisual media services (and not linear channels only) and apply on a technologically-neutral basis. Ex-ante rules and powers are also crucial to address the accelerated market concentration, especially vertical integration, which is reshaping today’s telecom and media sectors.