ERGA firmly believes that online content regulation requires tailored rules and bodies. Therefore, ERGA published a common statement in March 2021, outlining aspects of the DSA Proposal which it welcomed or wished to be clarified. Having had time to discuss the DSA proposal in more detail, the European media regulators have now adopted a more detailed position paper on ‘Proposals aimed at strengthening the Digital Services Act (DSA) with respect to online content regulation’. In this newly published paper, ERGA intends to articulate a set of constructive and pragmatic proposals on the DSA, based on its experience and in-depth analyses.
On 1 June 2021, representatives of the national regulatory authorities responsible for audiovisual media services met for the 15th ERGA plenary meeting. During the virtual meeting ERGA members discussed European legislative initiatives for media and online regulation.
On 26 May 2021, the European Commission published its Guidance on strengthening the Code of Practice on Disinformation. ERGA especially welcomes the ambition set out in the Guidance to strengthen the Code in the key areas, such as access to data for researchers, fact-checking, user-empowerment and robust monitoring that were also highlighted in the previous relevant ERGA reports.
ERGA welcomes the European Commission’s announcement of a legislative proposal on the transparency of sponsored political content and highlights key points in its contribution to the public consultation on the initiative.
In a recently released report, ERGA offers its take on defining disinformation and related concepts, and on political and issue-based advertising. ERGA believes the report’s recommendations will contribute to more clarity and legal certainty and feed into the debate as the European Commission prepares the much-anticipated guidance on the strengthened Code of Practice on Disinformation and runs a public consultation on political advertising. Regulators within ERGA thus support the crucial combat against disinformation and at the same time aim to protect media freedom and the freedom of expression of European citizens.
On 3 December 2020, representatives of the national regulatory authorities responsible for audiovisual media services met in a virtual setting for the 14th ERGA plenary meeting. Amongst others, members adopted the ERGA Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the cooperation between media regulators.
On 22 September 2020, the ERGA Chair hosted one of five focus sessions of the digital conference series “Pluralism and Responsibility. Media in the Digital Society” held in the course of the Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Basing itself on the unique expertise and experience of media regulators in content regulation, the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) has taken the opportunity to contribute to the Commission’s public consultation on the European Democracy Action Plan.
ERGA has adopted its Work Programme for 2021. It is designed to define the priorities and structure the work of ERGA. In 2021, the main work will be dedicated to the following three topics: (i) Consistent implementation and enforcement of the new AVMSD framework, (ii) Completion of EU regulatory framework relevant for media and (iii) Disinformation.