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Europe’s Media Lab

Europe’s Media Lab is a series of events designed to enrich the conversation on the sector’s needs at EU level from different angles and with different audiences: foundations, francophone media, European Parliament, etc.


This will culminate in an event in the European Parliament in June 2019 bringing these needs to the attention of the new MEPs. It will be a one-day space for bridging MEPs and media stakeholders, around a “market of ideas” and a “Policy Hackathon” to produce a roadmap for the media sector around a subset of key issues.

Our aim

The aim of this project is to foster a healthy media sector contributing to European democracy.

  • Europe has a key role to play in ensuring the right ecosystem for a healthy media sector: evening out the playing field with social platforms, safeguarding the right to expression, allowing favourable taxation for the media, and other direct and indirect measures.
  • In June 2019, a new European Commission and Parliament will be in place.
  • Europe’s media sector is facing unprecedented challenges. The credibility and viability of quality journalism, and the sustainability of the media sector as a whole are at stake.

What it’s about

Culmination of the previous events and building on their recommendations, Europe’s Media Lab will be a one-day space for consideration of what Europe can do to ensure a vibrant European media sector, in 3 steps:

  1. LEARN about EUROPE’S MEDIA CHALLENGES: Review of national and EU challenges and measures, compared to other efforts worldwide;
  2. MEET THE ACTORS & SOLUTIONS: a speed-dating event and “market of ideas” allowing MEPs to meet the media policy actors that count;
  3. DESIGN EUROPE’S RESPONSE: a “Policy Hackathon” to produce a roadmap for the media sector around a subset of key issues.

Who, how, when, where

This day will be in support to new and re-elected MEPs, briefing them and thinking with them, with input from sector representatives, academics and civil society groups

  • 1st half of June 2019
  • In the European Parliament