Reference texts

A selection of important media law directives, recommendations and declarations

Audiovisual Media Services

Audiovisual Media Services Directive - codified version

10.3.2010

Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services

 

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Electronic communications

Digital Dividend and Public Interest

20.2.2008

Declaration on the allocation and management of the digital dividend and the public interest adopted by the Committee of Ministers

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Authorisation Directive

25.11.2009

Directive 2002/20/EC on the authorisation of electronic communications networks and services as amended by Directive 2009/140/EC.
Unofficially consolidated version.

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Universal Services Directive

25.11.2009

Directive 2002/22/EC on universal service and users' rights relating to electronic communications networks and services, as amended by Directive 2009/136/EC

Unofficially consolidated version

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Access Directive

25.11.2009

Directive 2002/19/EC on access to, and interconnection of, electronic communications networks and associated facilities (Access Directive)  as amended by Directive 2009/140/EC
Unofficially consolidated version

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Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications

25.11.2009

Directive 2002/58/EC concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector, as amended by Directive 2006/24/EC and Directive 2009/136/EC

Unofficially consolidated version

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Framework Directive

25.11.2009

Directive 2002/21/EC on a common regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services, as amended by Directive 2009/140/EC and Regulation 544/2009.

Unofficially consolidated version.

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Intellectual property

Transfrontier Broadcasting by Satellite

11.5.1994

European Convention relating to questions on copyright law and neighbouring rights in the framework of transfrontier broadcasting by satellite

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Neighbouring Rights

11.9.2002

Recommendation Rec(2002)7 on measures to enhance the protection of the neighbouring rights of broadcasting organizations
Including Explanatory Memorandum

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Term of Protection

12.12.2006

Directive 2006/116/EC on the term of protection of copyright and certain related rights

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Term of Protection

29.10.1993

Directive 93/98/EEC harmonizing the term of protection of copyright and certain related rights

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Television by Satellite and Cable

14.2.1986

Recommendation R(86)2 on principles relating to copyright law questions in the field of television by satellite and cable
Including Explanatory Memorandum

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Programme Exchanges by means of Television Films

15.12.1958

European Agreement concerning programme exchanges by means of television films (Paris)

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Rental Right and Lending Right

19.11.1992

Directive 92/100/EEC on rental right and lending right and on certain rights related to copyright in the field of intellectual property

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Information Society

22.5.2001

Directive 2001/29/EC on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society

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Protection of Television Broadcasts

22.6.1960

European Agreement on the protection of television broadcasts
Text amended according to the provisions of Protocols which entered into force in 1965, 1974 and 1985

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Online Music Services

25.9.2008

European Parliament resolution on collective cross-border management of copyright and related rights for legitimate online music services

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Satellite and Cable

27.9.1993

Directive 93/83/EEC on the coordination of certain rules concerning copyright and rights related to copyright applicable to satellite broadcasting and cable retransmission

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Protection of Copyright, Neighbouring Rights and Combating Piracy

5.9.2001

Recommendation Rec(2001)7 on measures to protect copyright and neighbouring rights and combat piracy, especially in the digital environment

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Archives

9.9.1999

Declaration on the exploitation of protected radio and television productions held in the archives of broadcasting organizations

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Media freedom and pluralism

Charter of Fundamental Rights

30.3.2010

Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union

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Independence of Public Service Broadcasting

11.9.1996

Recommendation R(96)10 on the guarantee of the independence of public service broadcasting

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Independence of Regulatory Authorities

28.5.2003

Recommendation Rec(2000)23 on the independence and functions of regulatory authorities for the broadcasting sector
Including Explanatory Memorandum

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Digital Broadcasting

28.5.2003

Recommendation Rec(2003)9 on measures to promote the democratic and social contribution of digital broadcasting

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Unesco Carthage Declaration

3.5.2012

UNESCO Carthage Declaration on freedom of the press and safety for Journalists

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Freedom of Expression

4.11.1950

Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as amended by Protocol No. 11 - Rome, 4 November 1950
Extract: Article 10: Freedom of expression

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UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expression

20.10.2005

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Media Coverage of Election Campaigns

7.11.2007

Recommendation CM/Rec(2007)15 on measures concerning media coverage of election campaigns

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights - United Nations

10.12.1948

Extracts: Article 19 and Article 29(2)

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International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights - United Nations

16.12.1966

Extract: Article 19

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Media Pluralism

19.1.1999

Recommendation R(99)1 on measures to promote media pluralism
Including Explanatory Memorandum

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Charter of Fundamental Rights

30.3.2010

Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union

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Political influence over independent media and journalists

29.6.2017

Recommendation by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

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Political influence over independent media and journalists

29.6.2017

Resolution by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

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Public service media

Public Service Media Governance

15.2.2012

Recommendation CM/Rec(2012)1 of the Committee of Ministers on public service media governance

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Public Service Media Governance

15.2.2012

Declaration on public service media governance adopted by the Committee of Ministers

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Funding of Public Service Broadcasting

25.6.2009

Recommendation 1878(2009) of the Parliamentary Assembly

  • CM/AS(2010) Rec1878 final Reply adopted by the Committee of Ministers at the 1083rd meeting of the Ministers Deputies - 21 April 2010
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Independence of Public Service Broadcasting

11.9.1996

Recommendation R(96)10 on the guarantee of the independence of public service broadcasting

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Independence of Public Service Broadcasting

27.9.2006

Declaration on the guarantee of the independence of public service broadcasting adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

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The Future of the Dual System

25.11.2010

European Parliament resolution on public service broadcasting in the digital era: the future of the dual system

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The Remit of Public Service Media in the Information Society

31.1.2007

Recommendation Rec(2007)3 on the remit of public service media in the information society

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Public Sevice Broadcasting

25.1.1999

Council resolution concerning public service broadcasting

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Protocol on the system of public broadcasting in the Member States

30.3.2010

Annexed as Protocol No 29 in the Treaty of Lisbon, introduced by the Treaty of Amsterdam 2 October 1997.

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Application of State Aid Rules to Public Service Broadcasting

27.10.2009

Communication from the Commission on the application of State aid rules to public service broadcasting

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Public Service Broadcasting

27.1.2004

Recommendation 1641(2004) of the Parliamentary Assembly - Public Service broadcasting

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