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.

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This quarterly email from our Legal & Policy team covers the most important policy developments for public service media


Receive a rundown of the most relevant news on the broadcasting sector sourced from hundreds of different journals, think tanks, research institutes and more. EBU Members can also use our searchable database.



17 DECEMBER 2020
International data transfers need a flexible and risk-based approach

International data transfers need a flexible and risk-based approach

Practical implementation of the European Data Protection Board draft recommendations 01/2020 will be...

14 DECEMBER 2020
New EU policies on platforms will shape the next chapter of the internet

New EU policies on platforms will shape the next chapter of the internet

The European Union is in the midst of launching new policies that will shape the next chapter of the...

01 DECEMBER 2020
What the European Democracy Action Plan must deliver

What the European Democracy Action Plan must deliver

This week the European Commission will launch the European Democracy Action Plan (EDAP) - a milestone...

Policy and Positions

 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

 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

Choice and quality for Digital Terrestrial Television audiences

 European Electronic Communications Code
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

 Position papers
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 burnley@ebu.ch.

 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

 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

 EU Funding Opportunities Members only
Funding opportunities from the European Union for media projects and partnerships

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...

30 MARCH 2015
Governance Principles for PSM

Governance Principles for PSM

Good governance of public service media, serving the interests of society as a whole, is actively supported...

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...


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