INNOVATION & POLICY FOR A HEALTHY MEDIA SECTOR
The EU and media stakeholders have key roles to play in ensuring a balanced and healthy media ecosystem: regulating social media platforms, safeguarding media freedom and media pluralism, allowing favourable taxation for the media. The future of quality journalism and the economic viability of the media sector are at stake. We are supporting an integrated strategy for Europe’s media sector, promoting three key concepts across initiatives: Systemic Publishing Platforms, co-regulation and Trust Indicators – read more here.
As the EU moves from self-regulation of platforms to co-regulation, ‘regulatory guidance’ is also required for ensuring prominence to trustworthy news sources such indicators, under both the (slow) legislative process of DSA, and also the (quicker) upcoming action plans. Transparency and scrutiny over algorithmic content selection are needed. Indicators of trustworthiness could be one way to address the issue. Read more here: Opinion by Christophe Leclercq, Marc Sundermann and Paolo Cesarini.
The current EU budget negotiations risk squeezing programmes like Creative Europe, with the same crumbs as before for the struggling press. Bundling scattered efforts under NEWS could sustain the media sector’s transformation, write a group of MEPs and media experts including Christophe Leclercq: “Media recovery beyond regulation: a NEWS bundle across Creative Europe and Horizon, like MEDIA”
In March 2020, we initiated an Open Letter co-signed by 28 MEPs and media stakeholders, calling on the European Commission to support a “Coronavirus Media Action Plan”: Health, trust and journalism: a Coronavirus Plan for the Media.
We believe that the Digital Services Act, the Democracy Action Plan and the Media Action Plan should be converging. Like the e-commerce directive shaped the last 20 years allowing powerful new players, these will define the future media ecosystem: our 7 key recommendations are available here.
Connecting media policy and innovation projects, the Media4Europe conference was the opportunity to develop policy solutions and inform what are the media sector’s needs. It gathered media innovators, policy makers and Stars4media participants, to discuss how to accelerate innovation in the news media. It took place in Brussels and online, in October 2020. Read here the press release focused on this event, and watch the event video here.
> Policy Forum – 25/06/2019
The policy conference ”#Media4Democracy: A ‘VP Democracy’ for Sound Platforms & Independent Media” involved 10 speakers representing the EU institutions, the media sector, as well as associations and think-tanks (programme) and gathered policy makers, EU institutions, civil society and media stakeholders. The #Media4Democracy events were supported by EU40, EFJ, Civico Europa, EMMA, News Media Europe, Re-Imagine Europa and were sponsored by Equinor.
> Networking event for MEPs – 04/06/2019
In cooperation with EU40 and Frank Schwalba-Hoth, we organised a networking event for MEPs: #MEDIA4DEMOCRACY at the European Parliament (programme). The aim of this event was to raise awareness on the central strategic role media policy will play in the European Parliament.
> Preparing a Media Intergroup in the European Parliament
In July 2019, in cooperation with the European Federation of Journalists and EU40, we co-organised an informal meeting to facilitate the creation of a Media Intergroup in the European Parliament. This initiative was supported by MEPs from the 4 main groups (EPP, S&D, Renew Europe and Greens/EFA), to tackle the challenges facing the media sector: economic viability, disinformation, press freedom, media and platforms regulation, cross-border investments. In October 2019, Europe’s MediaLab (Fondation EURACTIV) took part in the Media Intergroup MEP breakfast meeting in Strasbourg with 15 MEPs from different political groups and committees that were leading the process.