Session I

8 September 2020, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Visions of a coherent EU Information and Media Order


The existing European framework in the field of information and communication faces fundamental challenges in light of structural changes of media services and media use. Based on its academic research accompanying the Media Conference during the German EU Council Presidency, the session of the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) highlighted these challenges and incoherencies of the current EU media order. From this starting point, visions of a more coherent and sustainable EU communication order were developed and discussed. The central question was whether and where there is a need for more extensive regulation and to what extent existing regulatory concepts can be better tailored to meet the new challenges.

In the first part, following an impulse from the European Commission, the results of the scientific analyses and stakeholder surveys from early 2020 were presented. They dealt in particular with contradictions, overlaps, and areas of increased legal uncertainty in current media regulation. Based on these results, HBI in the second part presented a policy paper that sets out possible future paths for a more coherent EU media regulation at the levels of substantive and procedural law as well as fundamental rights. In the third part, the ideas and proposals presented were discussed with experts from governance research as well as with the participants.

Background information: The European Communication (Dis)Order. Mapping the media-relevant European legislative acts and identification of dependencies, interface areas and conflicts by Leibniz-Institut für  Medienforschung



About Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung

The Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institute (HBI) researches media-based public communication and is active in several international research networks. The aim of the research is to understand the various influences of the media, to assess developments and risks and to advance options for action. In doing so, the Institute maintains its independent position. Research into current media developments is conducted on an interdisciplinary basis.