10 September 2020, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Time to reflect – approaches for a new EU media policy
Based on the focus session of the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut, the focus session of the German Länder addressed in cooperation with the Institute for European Media Law (EMR) the question whether the Media State Treaty is a model for EU-wide platform and intermediary regulations and/or a “best practice” for other EU member states.
Furthermore, the question is whether at the European level a horizontal rather than a sector-specific approach to regulation will be required in the future.
Stakeholders from the media industry considered individual elements of the Media State Treaty. This included:
- Carine Lea Chardon (ZVEI), who will dealt with user interfaces from the perspective of regulation, providers and users,
- Grégoire Polad (ACT) with the question whether further regulations for video sharing platforms are required,
- Michael Neuber from Google Germany with the question of how the transparency and discrimination regulations of the Media State Treaty are implemented by Google in practice,
- Dr. Richard Burnley (EBU), who explained, what regulations are required so that content of general interest, especially that of public service broadcasting, could be more accessible online and
- Dr. Daniel Knapp, who showed what opportunities and risks a Media State Treaty has in terms of best practice for other member states.
Prof. Dr. Mark D. Cole (EMR) commented on the speakers from a scientific point of view. In addition to the information on the above-mentioned topics by short lectures, there was a live Q&A with Prof. Dr. Stephan Ory (EMR) and the speakers.
About the German Länder
The 16 German Länder are largely responsible for designing media law in the Federal Republic of Germany. They are fulfilling this task by concluding State Treaties, laying the foundations for ensuring freedom of broadcasting and freedom of speech. They also have the legal supervision over the public service broadcasters and the 14 media authorities in the federal states. The German Länder also have the option of introducing initiatives for European legislative procedures through the Federal Council.
About the Institute of European Media Law
Since its foundation in 1990 as a non-profit association, the Institute of European Media Law (EMR) has made important contributions to the development of media law and media policy at national and European level. The EMR is a partner of many national and European institutions and considers itself a neutral platform for information, exchange and advice in the media sector.