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Media Policy: 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 among media professionals and policy makers. It is a one-in-5-year opportunity to have a healthy media sector as an “EU priority”.

Our aim

Europe has a key role to play in ensuring the right ecosystem for a healthy media sector, notably: evening out the playing field with social platforms, safeguarding the right to expression, allowing favourable taxation for the media, as well as other direct and indirect measures. Europe’s media sector is facing unprecedented challenges today. For this reason, the credibility and viability of quality journalism, and the sustainability of the media sector as a whole are at stake.

On April 2nd, the European Political Strategy Centre, the EU Commission’s think tank, organised an internal brainstorming on a pro-active media policy to support democracy. Christophe Leclercq interacted at EPSC with 45 officials, mostly Heads of Units, Directors, Deputy Directors Generals and Commissioners’ cabinet members. His presentation is accessible here. The main recommendation: building on the horizontal ‘Digital Single Market’, a top 10 priority for the next mandate should be “Democracy in a digital world: sound platforms and independent media”.

 

I) June 2019 – #MEDIA4DEMOCRACY

Meet new MEPs and inform them about the media sector’s needs

> Networking event for MEPs – 04/06/2019

On Tuesday June 4th, in cooperation with EU40 and Frank Schwalba-Hoth, we organised a networking event for MEPs: #MEDIA4DEMOCRACY at the European Parliament (see the programme). The aim of this event was to raise awareness on the central strategic role media policy will play in the new Parliament.

Agenda:

  • Welcoming words given by hosting MEP (Franc BOGOVIČ – EPP, SL)
  • Few words on #Media4Democracy by Christophe Leclercq, founder of EURACTIV Media Network and Fondation EURACTIV
  • Awards for deserving MEPs who worked on media issues + Video coverage, interviews with attending MEPs and pictures

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

 

 

> Policy forum – 25/06/2019

On June 25th, the policy conference ”Europe’s Media Lab – #Media4Democracy: ‘VP Democracy’ for Sound Platforms & Independent Media” will  involve 10 speakers representing the EU institutions, the media sector, as well as associations and think-tanks (read the draft programme):

  • 100 participants: policy makers (including new MEPs, key officials and Commissioners’ cabinets) and media stakeholders
  • Editorial video coverage (example: “Can the EU do more for a healthy media sector?”)
  • Communication campaign with supporters’ logos

 

II) November 2019 – Innovation Forum

Bottom-up policy, learning & input, match-making

This second event will be an interactive session: a “market of ideas” allowing MEPs to meet media start-ups and testing ideas among policy-makers, MEPs and media leaders.

Format

  • Small tables by media stakeholders with policy-makers, notably on “policies for supporting media innovation”
  • Option: in combination with EP-triggered pilot project on “rising stars for the media”, selecting ca. 100 media innovators
  • Small stands for innovators, color-badging (offer & needs)

Topics

  • Rebalancing the media & digital ecosystem;
  • Funding innovation & upskill media professionals;
  • Trust & quality news;
  • Monetising digital news & developing sustainable business models.

Would you like to know more about our suggestions on a “European strategy for the media sector 2019-2024“? If so, catch up with our latest news and read the Open Letter to President Juncker, co-signed personally by six MEPs and six independent media experts.