The European media regulators within ERGA have agreed to strengthen their cooperation to address the issue of disinformation, which is of utmost importance in the safeguarding of democracy and the protection of European values. Media regulators will work closely to affirm Europe’s digital and media sovereignity and endeavour to create a safe and trustworthy environment where fundamental rights are fully implemented and the respect of human dignity stands at its core.
On Thursday 13 January 2022, the newly elected Chairperson of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA), Mr Karim Ibourki, was invited for the first time by the CULT Committee of the European Parliament to present ERGA’s priorities for 2022.
ERGA reacts to the proposal for a Regulation on Transparency and Targeting of Political Advertising.
In its plenary meeting on 2 December 2021, ERGA assessed its activities in 2021 and laid the groundwork for further successful collaboration in the coming year.
European media regulators call for success-proven structures and effective measures in online media regulation.
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.