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Media Policy: Europe’s Media Lab

#Media4Democracy process: sound platforms & independent media

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, media stakeholders and policy makers.

Following our last events with key policy makers and media stakeholders, we are supporting a Democracy Package for healthy democracies and media in Europe.

This process entails 3 parallel actions:
1) a Top Priority for Democracy
2) a VP Democracy for the European Commission
3) a Media Intergroup in the European Parliament

 

 

Our aim: Europe has a key role to play in ensuring the right ecosystem for a healthy media sector, notably: building a level playing field with online 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 proactive media policy to support democracy. Christophe Leclercq interacted at the 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 and July 2019

> Networking event for MEPs – 04/06/2019

On June 4th, 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 new Parliament.

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 ”#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 70 participants: policy makers, EU institutions, civil society and media stakeholders.

 

> MEPs assistants and group advisors Breakfast meeting – 24/07/2019

On July 24th, in cooperation with the European Federation of Journalists and EU40, we organised an informal breakfast meeting with 26 MEPs assistants and EP group/committees advisors to facilitate the creation of a Media Intergroup in the European Parliament.

This initiative is supported by MEPs from the 4 main groups (EPP, S&D, Renew Europe and Greens/EFA), as the timetable, the membership and the potential activities of this Intergroup were discussed. It is time to tackle the challenges of the media sector: economic viability, disinformation, press freedom, media and platforms regulation, cross-border investments.

 

II) Next activity – Innovation Forum

This 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 innovators.

Format

  • Small tables moderated by media stakeholders with policy makers, focusing notably on “policies for supporting media innovation”
  • Option: in combination with EP-triggered pilot project “rising stars”, selecting 100 media innovators
  • Small stands for innovators, color-badging to match offers and needs

Topics

  • Rebalancing the media and digital ecosystem;
  • Funding innovation and upskill media professionals;
  • Support trust in media and quality news;
  • Monetising digital news and 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 by six MEPs and six independent media experts.