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EU Parliament publishes its briefing on the EU's Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

Source: Briefing - The Audiovisual Media Services Directive - 14-06-2018

On 6 June 2018, European Parliament negotiators and the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council agreed on an updated EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive, based on the proposal presented by the Commission on 25 May 2016. The overarching goal of the proposal is to bring about a balance between competitiveness and consumer protection. It therefore aims to introduce flexibility when restrictions only applicable to TV are no longer justified, promote European films, protect minors and tackle hate speech more efficiently. The proposal also reflects a new approach to online platforms. Following the informal agreement, the text is expected to be put to the vote in plenary in autumn 2018. Fifth edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.

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Audiovisual media services: EU agreement on a directive to protect minors, boost competitiveness and promote European content

Source: EU Council Link On 13 June EU ambassadors confirmed an agreementreached on 6 June 2018 between the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council and the European Parliament representatives on modernising the existing rules on the provision ofaudiovisual media services in Europe. Good policy-making involves ensuring that our rules are up to date and reflect modern technology. As a result of this agreement on audiovisual media services we will be better equipped to protect consumers and children, fight the spread of hate speech and safeguard media pluralism and independence. Boil Banov, minister for culture of the Republic of Bulgaria and president of the CouncilThe proposal for a revision of the directive on the provision of audiovisual media services in the light of changing market realities (AVMSD) was presented by the Commission in 2016after a thorough evaluation of the previous 2010 AVMSD. This evaluation highlighted the need to ensure a level playing field between the traditional broadca…

EU Commission Q&A on Modernisation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

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Brussels, 7 June 2018 +++  QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS +++  Modernisation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive +++  Why was the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) revised? The media landscape has shifted dramatically in less than a decade. Instead of sitting in front of the family TV, millions of Europeans, especially young people, watch content online, on demand and on different mobile devices. Children are watching less traditional TV: the average daily viewing time for young Europeans was 2 hours in 2014 i.e. about half as much as the average viewer (source).Global internet video share in consumer internet traffic is expected to increase from 64% in 2014 to 80% by 2019 (source).Taking these new developments into account, as well as the Commission proposal to review the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), the European Parliament and the Council reached yesterday a political agreement on the revised rules. This paves the way to creating a reg…

EU member states agree their position on new copyright rules for the digital environment

25/05/2018 | 17:52

Link to Source: Council of the EU

The EU Council's permanent representatives committee (Coreper) - representing the member states - today agreed its position on a draft directive aimed at adapting EU copyright rules to the digital environment.

The common position will serve as a mandate for the presidency of the Council to start negotiations with the European Parliament, once the latter has agreed its own position.

"All kinds of content are today easily made available online. The dissemination of creative content through the internet encourages cultural diversity. However, this has to be balanced against an appropriate level of protection and fair remuneration for those creating the content." - Boil Banov, Minister of culture of Bulgaria
The main objective of the directive is to modernise the European copyright framework and adapt it to the requirements of the digital age. By contributing to the harmonisation of practises across member states, it will…

Tackling online disinformation: EU Commission proposes an EU-wide Code of Practice

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Brussels, 26 April 2018

Today, the Commission is proposing measures to tackle disinformation online, including an EU-wide Code of Practice on Disinformation, support for an independent network of fact-checkers, and a series of actions to stimulate quality journalism and promote media literacy.

The recent Facebook/Cambridge Analytica revelations demonstrated exactly how personal data can be exploited in electoral contexts, and are a timely reminder that more is needed to secure resilient democratic processes. Today the European Commission is taking steps forward in the fight against disinformation to ensure the protection of European values and security.

Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip said: "Disinformation is not new as an instrument of political influence. New technologies, especially digital, have expanded its reach via the online environment to undermine o…