The study prepared by the EMR, commissioned by the “Rundfunkkommission der Länder”, “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” has now been published in both English and German language versions by Nomos publishers as print and e-book (in open access).



The study clarifies questions on regulatory competence between European and national levels in the field of media. In this context, the study takes a look at the challenges of the digital age and takes a position on the competence of both the European Union and its Member States in the area of safeguarding media diversity, on EU legislative proposals such as the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act, and on the remaining scope for national legislatures. The authors, Prof. Dr. Mark D. Cole, Scientific Director of the EMR, Dr. Jörg Ukrow, Executive Member of the Board of the EMR and Christina Etteldorf, Research Associate at the EMR, comprehensively analyse the primary and secondary law framework. In addition, the study examines links for safeguarding diversity in the media sector at EU level as well as core problems of international law in the context of media regulation. The currently existing and potential tension between the national and the EU legal level and the associated limits of the Union’s regulatory action are illuminated. Additional information on the EMR report and further links can be found here and on the website of the Rundfunkkommission der Länder.

The study is available in two languages (English and German) as an open access download in the Nomos eLibrary.

The content of the study will again be the focus of the 21st Brüsseler Mediengespräch of the Mainz Media Institute, which will take place on 18 November 2021 at 12 noon under the title “[future] regulation in the media sector: What should be regulated – and who should do it?” The presentation of the study by Prof. Dr. Mark D. Cole will be followed by a discussion on the topic with high-ranking panellists from practice and politics. Registrations are possible until 12 November 2021 by email to europe [at]

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