Legal & Policy
For regulation that enables the best public service media
Our Legal and Policy team work towards securing the best possible European regulatory framework to help our Members fulfil their public service remit and contribute to the democratic, social and cultural needs of society.
Working together through the EBU enables Members to represent the interests of public service media with a single voice on the international stage.
We advise Members on specific regulatory issues on a daily basis, offering practical and tailored solutions in the fields of EU and national competition, copyright and media law.
We also manage important EU transversal projects in the interests of our Members and oversee EBU membership, legal governance and statutory matters, whilst advising on all EBU contracts, including the Eurovision Song Contest, sports, news and networks.
The European Commission has launched a public consultation of the Digital Services Act package and the...
The EBU’s latest position paper addresses the ongoing process of reform of competition law. At a time...
We are delighted that the EBU-coordinated MediaRoad project has received an extremely positive final...
We define our policy positions together with our Members, and in consultation with the Legal and Policy Committee.
In doing so, EBU experts analyse EU proposals and explore the implications of legislation and policies, advocating frameworks and solutions in the best interest of our Members’ PSM services.
On this page are detailed EBU positions for the different policies that impact our interests. We have also developed a two-page summary of our Policy Priorities for the European Commission mandate of 2019 - 2024.
5G and Media
Key Principles for Guaranteed Access to Public Service Content
Audiovisual Media Services Directive
Key principles for a safe, pluralistic and open audiovisual media landscape
Competition and Funding
Freedom to innovate in a rapidly changing digital landscape
Copyright and Licensing
Developing effective licensing solutions for the digital environment
Data & Privacy
Ensuring the right balance between offering innovative digital services and protecting individuals’ privacy rights and freedoms.
Media Freedom and Pluralism
Protecting the independence and diversity of media in Europe
Uphold trusted and high-quality services online and enable citizens to access and find public service media online
Giving audiences unfettered, non-discriminatory and transparent access to online content
Choice and quality for Digital Terrestrial Television audiences
Reflecting the importance of electronic communication networks for media pluralism and diversity
Protecting the European audiovisual model and cultural diversity
Contract toolkit Members only
A selection of sample agreements and model clauses to support our Members' Legal Advisers
Influencing media policy makers at a national or European level. Representing and defending the interests of the EBU and Members
Tailored legal advice for Members Members only
We provide expert legal advice on day-to-day matters such as PSM governance and media law, intellectual property and rights agreements, commercial and sports contracts, and specific EU competition law issues, including mergers and State aid. Please contact email@example.com.
Legal & Policy Assembly documents Members only
Access all working documents and conclusions since 1999
Legal Case Notes
Analysis of recent decisions impacting public service media
A selection of key directives, recommendations and declarations from the EU and the Council of Europe, and other major European and international texts relating to media law
EU Funding Opportunities Members only
Funding opportunities from the European Union for media projects and partnerships
The EBU has published Public Funding Principles for Public Service Media (PSM). Coming at a critical...
Good governance of public service media, serving the interests of society as a whole, is actively supported...
The EBU's Legal Focus on PSM Remit Principles for the Digital Media Age deals with the critical question...
With its new Copyright Handbook, the EBU provides its Members with a reference tool addressing the main...