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The Council adopted a new law that will safeguard media freedom, media pluralism and editorial independence in the EU. The European Media Freedom Act (EMFA) will establish a common framework for media services in the EU’s internal market and introduce measures aimed at protecting journalists and media providers from political interference, while also making it easier for them to operate across the EU’s internal borders.

The European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) serves as an advisory body to the European Commission, focusing on the implementation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) and related audiovisual media matters. Established in 2014 and further detailed in the revised AVMSD, ERGA's mission centers on upholding democratic, economic, social, and cultural values outlined in EU directives. Through providing opinions to the Commission and addressing emerging regulatory issues, ERGA aims to enhance the functioning of the internal market for audiovisual media, particularly in the online sphere.

The 2024 Work Programme outlines ERGA's priorities, emphasizing the consistent implementation of the AVMSD while leveraging the expertise of National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) on key issues like vlogger regulation, promoting European content, media literacy, and safeguarding minors online.

Check out ERGA's website and their work programme for more information:

Amendments adopted by the European Parliament on 3 October 2023 on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a common framework for media services in the internal market (European Media Freedom Act) and amending Directive 2010/13/EU (COM(2022)0457 – C9-0309/2022 – 2022/0277(COD)) (October 3rd, 2023)

Council of the European Union - Mandate for EMFA negotiations (June 21st 2023)

EU member state ambassadors have agreed the Council’s position on a new law to safeguard media freedom, pluralism and independence in the EU. The European Media Freedom Act (EMFA) will establish a common framework for media services in the EU internal market and introduce measures aimed at protecting journalists and media providers from political interference while also making it easier for them to operate across the EU’s internal borders.

European Commission - Proposal for a Regulation establishing a common framework for media services in the internal market (European Media Freedom Act) and amending Directive 2010/13/EU (September 16th, 2022)

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