Against the backdrop of globalisation and convergence, the need for increased co-operation between European regulatory authorities has been highlighted repeatedly.
Set up in April 1995 in Malta, the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities aims at providing a forum:
for informal discussion and exchange of views between regulatory authorities in the broadcasting field;
for exchange of information about common issues of national and European broadcasting regulation;
for discussion of practical solutions to legal problems regarding the interpretation and application of broadcasting regulation.
Rather than pursuing national directives or acting as a tribune of common declarations, EPRA provides an open platform for discussions on a wide variety of relevant topics to regulators.
Up to now, 52 regulatory authorities in Europe have become members of the EPRA. The European Commission, the Council of Europe, the European Audiovisual Observatory and the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media are standing observers of the Platform.
The EPRA holds two meetings a year at the invitation of a regulatory authority, usually one in spring and the second one in autumn.
The next meeting of the EPRA is scheduled for 8-10 October 2014 in Tbilisi at the invitation of the Georgian National Communications Commission.
The Secretariat of the EPRA is based in Strasbourg (France) and is hosted by the European Audiovisual Observatory.
The EPRA Board Association, a non-profit association under Alsatian law, is in charge of administering and legally representing the EPRA in its daily business. The Association is registered at the Association Registry of the Court of First Instance in Strasbourg.