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Media Policy


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.
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. Find our 7 key recommendations here.

The Media4Europe conference was the opportunity to develop policy solutions and inform what are the media sector’s needs. It connected media innovators, policy makers and Stars4media participants, to discuss how to accelerate innovation in the news media. It took place e in Brussels and online, on  14 October 2020. Read here the press release focused on this event.

Media4Democracy Process

> 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.

Read the Press Release: #Media4Democracy networking event for MEPs and watch the video of the event below:



> 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.

Catch up with our latest news and read the Open Letter, co-signed by 25 MEPs and media stakeholders, calling on the European Commission President von der Leyen, to support a “Coronavirus Media Action Plan” to protect the infrastructure of our democracy: Health, trust and journalism: a Coronavirus Plan for the Media.