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EPRA Work Programme 2015 adopted

posted on 10 February, 2015   (public)

EPRA Work Programme 2015 adopted

Further to a two-month consultation phase, the EPRA executive Board approved the final Work Programme on 30 January in Sarajevo. EPRA’s annual Work Programme aims to enhance transparency for members and external stakeholders of EPRA’s priorities and anticipated work for 2015. The Board has carefully reflected on the suggestions collected through the call for topics and has attempted to accommodate these as much as possible in the following work programme, balancing out the interests and concerns of regulators from small and big markets, from EU and non-EU.

1. This year complementarity with the activities of other networks is a particular concern:

  • especially with ERGA to avoid overlap while building on specificities and making best use of synergies.
  • As 2015 is likely to be a strategic year with the REFIT exercise for the AVMS Directive and will also mark 20 years of EPRA, the Board is also mindful to propose a coherent overall programme addressing core questions.

2. The plenary sessions will focus at the ultimate goal of media policy:

  • How to ensure a sustainable ecosystem for media in Europe that is financially viable, and
  • How to ensure a sustainable ecosystem for media in Europe that offers a plurality and diversity of content.

3. The working groups will analyse the impact of economic and technological changes brought about by the digital area:

  • on the provision of public service content (WG1);
  • on audiovisual commercial communications (WG2).

4. Faced with the changes of the converged media landscape and the announced review of the regulatory framework, regulators will need to be particularly well informed:

  • The ad-hoc group on 14 May in Berne will focus on “Research & Regulators, an evidence-based approach” (WG3).

The 52 regulatory authorities which are members of EPRA will meet twice this year in Berne on 13-15 May, at the joint invitation of the Federal Office for Communications (OFCOM) and the Independent Complaints Authority (AIEP) and at the end of October 2015.

Source:  EPRA Secretariat