Date(s) - 10/02/2021
14:00 - 15:30
The Regulatory Framework for the Media between EU and Member State level –
Fundamental principles in light of recent developments including the DSA proposal
Keynote by Heike Raab, State Secretary Rhineland-Palatinate responsible for the coordination of the media policy of the German Länder
Presentation of the main findings of the EMR study
“On the Allocation of Competences between the European Union and its Member States in the Media Sector”
10th February 2021, 14.00 – 15.30
As announced by Commission President von der Leyen, the EU needs to be shaped “fit for the digital age”. This includes the preparation of a variety of measures including legislative acts. Most notably, in December 2020 the “Digital Services Act Package”, the “European Democracy Action Plan” and the “Media and Audiovisual Action Plan” were presented and the negotiations on the proposed “TERREG” (Regulation to prevent the dissemination of terrorist content online) have progressed. All of these and further initiatives also affect the media sector. The efforts of updating the legal framework on EU level can therefore come into conflict with media regulation at Member State level.
That there are open questions about which level is competent to act in this multilevel regulatory system has for example become apparent when the German Länder notified the new Interstate Treaty on Media and the Commission issued its comments. More significant, the proposed Digital Services Act that would introduce a number of new obligations for online platforms, will contribute to shaping content regulation. The main objective should be to reconcile national and EU rules while respecting the allocation of competencies as laid down in the foundational Treaties of the EU.
Where does the EU need to exercise restraint in terms of competence? What room for manoeuvre needs to be reserved for the Member States in areas that remain in their responsibility such as ensuring media pluralism? Which possible options for action to reach a satisfactory result in light of these questions do national legislators have?
We would like to discuss these and further questions in our online seminar, to which we would like to warmly invite you.
The online seminar will start with a keynote address by Heike Raab giving an insight on the current state of media policy in light of the activities by the European Union and the modernisation of the regulation for the media in Germany last November.
In order to shed light on the questions mentioned above, the EMR prepared on behalf of the German Länder a study “On the Allocation of Competences between the European Union and its Member States in the Media Sector – An Analysis with particular Consideration of Measures concerning Media Pluralism”. The main findings of the study that is available HERE in German and English (Executive Summary), where in addition a podcast on the topic can be found, will be presented by Prof. Dr. Mark D. Cole, Director for Academic Affairs at EMR, and Dr. Jörg Ukrow, Managing Executive Board Member of the EMR.
After the presentation, there will be a possibility to discuss with the participants.