INNOVATION & POLICY FOR A HEALTHY MEDIA SECTOR
The Media4Europe Summit is the opportunity to develop policy solutions and inform what are the media sector’s needs, in line with the priorities of the current Commission: Democracy and Digital. It will take place in Brussels, in October 2020, in connection with the Stars4Media project.
The EU and media stakeholders have key roles to play in ensuring a balanced and healthy media ecosystem: regulating social media platforms, safeguarding media freedom and media pluralism, allowing favourable taxation for the media. The future of quality journalism, and the economic viability of the media sector are at stake.
We are supporting an integrated strategy for Europe’s media sector, promoting three key concepts across initiatives: Systemic Publishing Platforms, co-regulation and Trust Indicators. Both users’ choice, citizens, and democracy in Europe will benefit. In this context, we initiated and co-signed this Open Letter to the Commission President von der Leyen, co-signed by five MEPs and former MEPs, and ten policy and media experts: Democracy and Digital: trusted media & platform regulation.
> Policy Forum – 25/06/2019
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 policy makers, EU institutions, civil society and media stakeholders. The #Media4Democracy events were supported by EU40, EFJ, Civico Europa, EMMA, News Media Europe, Re-Imagine Europa and were sponsored by Equinor.
> Networking event for MEPs – 04/06/2019
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 European Parliament.
> Preparing a Media Intergroup in the European Parliament
In July 2019, in cooperation with the European Federation of Journalists and EU40, we co-organised an informal meeting to facilitate the creation of a Media Intergroup in the European Parliament. This initiative was supported by MEPs from the 4 main groups (EPP, S&D, Renew Europe and Greens/EFA), to tackle the challenges facing the media sector: economic viability, disinformation, press freedom, media and platforms regulation, cross-border investments. In October 2019, Fondation EURACTIV took part in the Media Intergroup MEP breakfast meeting in Strasbourg with 15 MEPs from different political groups and committees that were leading the process.