European Affairs

Maximizing political support and ensuring the best regulatory framework for our Members


Our European Affairs team is an authoritative and trusted lobbying presence in Brussels, giving our Members influence on an international stage. We ensure that your public media organisation's voice is heard by the European Union through key communication events, policy papers and face-to-face meeting with decision-makers.

Regular dialogue with key stakeholders in Brussels ensures that our proposed regulatory solutions fit into the wider picture and drive debates in Brussels. Our approach ensures Members are considered as partners by decision-makers and stakeholders when regulatory and policy changes are made at EU and national levels.

The EBU's collective status gives Members a louder voice at EU level than they would have in isolation. Members can access the European Affairs Workspace to find more information and collaborate with our team.

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European Policy

Learn more about the EBU's position on the following policies. We define our policy positions according to the needs and experience of Members in consultation with the Legal and Policy Committee. EBU experts scrutinize EU proposals before exploring the implications of legislation or policies and advocating frameworks that allow our Members to operate with peak efficiency.

 Audiovisual Media Services Directive
Key principles for a safe, pluralistic and open audiovisual media landscape

Freedom to innovate in a rapidly changing digital landscape

 Copyright and Licensing
Developing effective licensing solutions for the digital environment

 Media Freedom and Pluralism
Protecting the independence and diversity of media in Europe

 Open Internet
Giving audiences unfettered, non-discriminatory and transparent access to online content

Choice and quality for Digital Terrestrial Television audiences

 Telecoms Package
Reflecting the importance of electronic communication networks for media pluralism and diversity

Protecting the European audiovisual model and cultural diversity

News and events

Latest news

20 JUNE 2018

EBU says Copyright Directive fails to provide realistic solution

The EBU, representing 73 public service media organisations across 56 countries, has expressed deep disappoint...

12 JUNE 2018

EBU calls for dedicated media innovation scheme in Horizon Europe

The EBU calls for a dedicated media innovation funding scheme as part of Horizon Europe - the new Research...

Upcoming events

16th Legal & Policy Assembly
11 - 12 Oct 2018
EBU Headquarters, Geneva

Policy Sheets

01 MARCH 2016

Audiovisual Media Regulation

The Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) has promoted an open, diverse and vibrant audiovisual...

01 OCTOBER 2015

Copyright Licensing

Public Service Media (PSM) are key contributors to the creative economy and major developers of legal...

31 AUGUST 2017

Telecoms Framework

The review of the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) offers an opportunity to introduce well-calib...

01 NOVEMBER 2015

Net Neutrality

The Internet is a key driver for innovation, democratic participation and free speech. Its open nature...