Policy Positions

Public service media and their audiences are impacted by a broad range of European Union policies and legislation. Learn more about the EBU's points of view on different EU developments in this section. You can also download a summary of our priorities for the European Commission mandate of 2019-2024.

Our Legal and Policy team defines our policy positions together with our Members, and in consultation with the Legal and Policy Committee and our expert groups.

For latest policy news and views, follow our dedicated Twitter feed @EBU_Policy.

 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.

 European Electronic Communications Code
Reflecting the importance of electronic communication networks for media pluralism and diversity

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

 Online Platforms
Uphold trusted and high-quality services online and enable citizens to access and find public service media online

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

 Spectrum
Choice and quality for Digital Terrestrial Television audiences

 Trade
Protecting the European audiovisual model and cultural diversity

Latest

27 SEPTEMBER 2021
EBU welcomes important amendment to the Digital Services Act

EBU welcomes important amendment to the Digital Services Act

The European Parliament's CULT committee has adopted amendments that would protect editorial media content...

13 SEPTEMBER 2021
New EU policy can make a difference to the safety of journalists

New EU policy can make a difference to the safety of journalists

EBU Deputy Director General Jean Philip De Tender outlines how a new European Commission recommendation...

09 SEPTEMBER 2021
EBU's contribution to consultation on the upcoming Data Act

EBU's contribution to consultation on the upcoming Data Act

The upcoming Data Act aims to support data sharing within the EU economy, in particular business-to-business...

Resources

 Contract toolkit Members only
A selection of sample agreements and model clauses to support our Members' Legal Advisers

 Legal & Policy Assembly documents Members only
Access all working documents and conclusions since 1999

 Reference texts
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

 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 burnley@ebu.ch.

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Featured publications

18 DECEMBER 2017
Public Funding Principles for PSM

Public Funding Principles for PSM

The EBU has published Public Funding Principles for Public Service Media (PSM). Coming at a critical...

16 JUNE 2021
Top slicing the public service media licence fee? A false economy for democratic society

Top slicing the public service media licence fee? A false economy for democratic society Members Only

This new paper shows why proposals on top slicing the public service media (PSM) licence fee to provide...

19 DECEMBER 2017
PSM Remit Principles for the Digital Media Age

PSM Remit Principles for the Digital Media Age

The EBU's Legal Focus on PSM Remit Principles for the Digital Media Age deals with the critical question...

10 MARCH 2016
Copyright Handbook

Copyright Handbook Members Only

With its new Copyright Handbook, the EBU provides its Members with a reference tool addressing the main...

Contacts

Get in touch with the right person from our Legal and Policy team. If you are unsure who to contact, send an email to legalsecretariat@ebu.ch.