Session III

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22 September 2020, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Stabilisation of a Free Media System – From Thinking to Acting


Stabilisation of a Free Media System – From Thinking to Acting

Protecting Freedom. Under this over-arching maxim, ERGA’s focus session searched for effective solutions for a sustainable balance between the protection of fundamental values and the requirements of European content providers. National audiovisual regulators within ERGA are sure: Increasing digital distribution of content leads to increasing cross-border violation of rules, which lead to an increased need for regulatory answers. How must cross-border cooperation look like when enforcing common European standards? How should legal and practical procedures be designed to guarantee a solid protection of citizens while preserving the core ideas of the country of origin principle? To what extend is there a need for an adjustment of the mechanisms of the country of origin principle?

In the first part of this focus session speakers were invited to describe their interests, followed by a joint search for synchronised solutions in the second part. Doing so, the session build on the results of the previous focus sessions led by the Hans-Bredow-Institut and the German Länder.



About European Regulators Group for Audivisual Media Services

The European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) brings together heads or high-level representatives of national independent regulatory bodies in the field of audiovisual services. Thereby, ERGA advises and assists the European Commission in its work, to ensure a consistent implementation of the AVMSD, as well as in any other matters related to the audiovisual media market. In addition, ERGA aims to facilitate and strengthen cooperation between the regulatory bodies in the EU by fostering the exchange of information, experience and good practices.