#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.
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.
> 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.
- 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
- 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.