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General information on EPRA

posted on 07 October, 2011 14:30 , last updated on 10 February, 2015 15:28   (public)

General information on EPRA

EPRA was set up in 1995 in response to the need for increased co-operation between European regulatory authorities. With its 20 years of experience and a robust network of working-level contacts, EPRA is the oldest and largest network of broadcasting regulators and is an ideal setting for the exchange of information, cases and best practices between broadcasting regulators in Europe.

52 regulatory authorities from 46 countries are members of 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.

EPRA holds two meetings a year at the invitation of a regulatory authority. The next meeting of EPRA is scheduled for 13-15 May 2015 in Bern at the joint invitation of the Federal Office for Communications and the Independent Complaints Authority.

INFORMAL & INDEPENDENT

EPRA has an informal character to encourage a frank and open exchange of views on issues pertaining to the application of media regulation. Its statutes expressly prohibit the adoption of common positions or declarations.

The EPRA Board Members are not representing their respective authorities but elected as individuals, they are not candidates but nominees and are performing their duties on a philanthropic basis.

The EPRA Secretariat is exclusively financed by members and hosted by the European Audiovisual Observatory, to ensure stability and independence, and to make use of natural synergies with the host and minimize administrative burdens and costs.

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.

A UNIQUE GEOGRAPHICAL COVERAGE

EPRA gathers all NRAs from the EU 28, but also:

  • all NRAs from EFTA with the exception of Liechtenstein;
  • all NRAs from the five candidate countries (IS, ME, MK, RS, TR);
  • all NRAs from the countries involved in the Stabilization and Association Process (AL, BA, XK);
  • all NRAs from countries of the EU Eastern partnership: AM, AZ, GE, MD, UA.

EPRA has regular contacts with other regional networks and NRAs in Europe, such as ERGA, RIRM/MNRA, REFRAM, CERF, Euregiolators, etc. Through its location, it has gained particular insight and knowledge about standards and policies of the Council of Europe in the field of media.

A CLEARING HOUSE ON MEDIA REGULATION

EPRA produces a wealth of comparative working documents, presentations and information on media regulation. EPRA Website is thus a unique source of non-academic knowledge on the implementation of media regulation in Europe and on regulatory authorities. Powerful search tools allow you to browse through the numerous working documents.

For a virtual tour of EPRA, see also our interactive presentation.

For further information, please contact:
Emmanuelle Machet, Secretary to EPRA

 

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