ERGA just published its statement on the European Commission’s proposals for a Digital Services Act (DSA) and a Digital Markets Act (DMA).
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.
The audiovisual industry is becoming increasingly sensitive to gender diversity. This is one of the findings of the report by ERGA’s Working Group on Gender Diversity. The aim of the working group was to enhance regulators’ and stakeholders’ awareness of initiatives across the EU that are combating discrimination and are actively promoting equality in the audiovisual media industry.
On 4 June 2020, representatives of National Regulatory Authorities responsible for Audiovisual Media Services met in a virtual setting for the 13th ERGA Plenary meeting.
Press release – “ERGA adopts its first contribution to upcoming debates about the Digital Services Act”
Press release – “EU Media regulators discuss the future of European Media
ERGA has adopted the “ERGA Report on disinformation: Assessment of the implementation of the Code of Practice”.
The report summarises ERGA’s 2019 work – being part of the assistance to the European Commission – of monitoring the implementation of the commitments made by the signatories to the Code of Practice on Disinformation.
As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ERGA has adopted two documents addressing the impact on the media sector and the measures taken by Member States, regulators and stakeholders:
- Press release, where ERGA underlines the need for measures to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the media sector and the European Single Market. It further introduces ERGA’s contribution to the issue (see also next document);
- Note to extend the remit of its Subgroup dealing with Disinformation, which will now also gather information on the measures taken by platforms to tackle disinformation related to COVID-19, as well as measures taken by governments and NRAs. Members also decided to create an ERGA Action Group to exchange experiences and information about the crisis’ implications on the economic conditions for the audiovisual media sector in the Member States.