DG Connect: Communications Networks, Content and Technology DG (DG Connect). DG Connect is the new name of the Information Society DG since July 2012. Provides general information on mission and priorities, who is who by directorates, links to dedicated spaces on linkedIn, twitter, facebooks and blogs.
Information Society thematic portal A comprehensive site providing news, information about policies, activities, quick search, portal quick links. Possibility to register for the Newsroom email Update.
Audiovisual and Media Policies Contains information on culture and media topics, links to relevant audiovisual and media legislation. The website provides an access to ongoing research, funding and tender procedures. It also sets out the objectives of the European Commission in this area.
Mariya Gabriel website - Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Newsroom, agenda, press releases, speeches.
Competition DG Deals with antitrust, mergers, liberalisation, state aid and international issues. Contains inter alia national competition legislation of EU and EEA countries, other competition sites worldwide, the EC Competition Policy Newsletter (http://ec.europa.eu/comm/competition/publications/cpn/).
"Merger Cases" - Website Merger cases appear on this website of the Competition DG when they have been notified. The press release is available on the site once a merger case decision has been adopted and announced by the Commission. The website and published decisions can be searched by case number, company name etc.
State aid - website A useful tool: the weekly State Aid e-News presenting the latest developments in the area of State aid. It features information on new legislative texts and proposals, decisions of the European Commission and the Courts of the European Union and other state aid-related documents and events.
State aid Register - Search tool See also the newly launched search tool in State aid Register which provides information on and access to all State aid cases that have been the object of a Commission decision since January 2000.
Digital Single Market DG Provides an overview on the strategy of the Commission regarding digital opportunites for people and business and the position of the EU on the world stage. It contains the approach for media and digital culture, which provides information on many topics such as the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), European Works as well as the protection of minors. See also the Thematic portal for the MEDIA Programme
Internal Market DG Provides information on internal market, including issues pertaining to intellectual property, e-commerce, media (general information, official documents, newsletter Single Market News). See also the Thematic portal Copyright and Related Rights
CORDIS (Community Research & Development Information Service) EU funded research (calls for proposals, programmes, partner search facility), databases and web services (news, partners, projects, programmes, documents...), news and research & development related links.
EU Glossary Contains some 220 terms relating to European integration and the institutions and activities of the EU
PreLex - the database on inter-institutional procedures Follows the major stages of the decision-making process between the Commission and the other institutions.
SCADplus Clear and concise summaries of EU legislation in all policy areas.
Who's who - IDEA Official Directory of the European Union
Council of Europe Contains a news section; information about institutions and organs of the Council of Europe; the Secretariat and its mission; the activities of the Council by area and a useful A-Z index.
The Media and Information Society Division Provides a news-section; information on Intergovernmental co-operation and instruments (CDMC, Groups of specialists); ; documentary resources and links.
The European Audiovisual Observatory (new website pending in 2012): provides access to numerous reference publications (statistical yearbook, IRIS, reports). Access to very useful (free of charge) online databases (see below in database section): KORDA (public funding), LUMIERE (film admissions), MERLIN (legal developments), MAVISE (TV companies and TV channels in the European Union and candidate countries). The IRIS Newsletter (legal developments) is available free of charge in an electronic version.
European Court of Human Rights: Contains general information about the Court, the list of pending cases, of scheduled public hearings, the list of judgements and their effects, all basic texts, press releases.
OSCE - Representative on Freedom of the Media Observes media developments in all 56 OSCE participating States. The Representative provides early warning on violations of freedom of expression and promotes full compliance with OSCE press freedom commitments. You may find press releases, presentations and reports pertaining to freedom of media issues.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)/ Information & Communications Technologies: News, Activities, Reports, Statistics, newsletter.
UNESCO / Communication and Information Sector The Communication and Information Sector consists of the Communication Development Division, the Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace and the Information Society Division. The Sector also provides the secretariats for two intergovernmental programmes: the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) and the Information for All Programme (IFAP). Theprincipal objectives of the programmes are promoting the free flow of ideas and universal access to information, promoting the expression of pluralism and cultural diversity in the media and world information networks and promoting access for all to ICTs.
CMDS - Center for Media, Data and Society: a research center of the Central European University in Budapest dedicated to advancing media and communication scholarship and policy and the democratic potential of the media. The CMDS produces scholarly and practice-oriented research addressing academic, policy and civil society needs. CMDS research and activities address media and communication policy and the democratic potential of the media, civil society and participation, fundamental communication and informational rights, and the complexities of media and communication in transition.
Erich Pommer Institut (EPI) organises seminars and workshops for media professionals. Very useful is the Legal Basics Database (www.legalbasics.org), which gives an overview on National and European Media Laws both in original and English language.
ECREA - European Commission Research and Education Association; established in 2005 as a merger of the two main European associations of communication researchers, the European Communication Association (ECA) and the European Consortium for Communications Research (ECCR). The Communication Law and Policy Section aims to provide a forum for the debate and analysis of past and current policy directions in the field of media and communication.
FSR - Florence School of Regulation (European University Institute of Florence) The Communications and Media Area of the Florence School of Regulation has been established in autumn 2009. Its objectives are: providing state-of-the-art Training (mainly for officers from EC, Regulators and Sponsors); producing analytical and empirical Research about regulation and competition of Communications & Media sectors; promoting informed discussion of key policy and regulatory issues, through regular series of Policy Events
Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research Institute for media research of the University of Hamburg, Germany. Its fields of study cover: media policy and media system, media law, media organisation and media industry, media use and media effects, and media content. The quarterly published "Recent Media Developments" is also available on this site. Comprehensive list of links related to media research, broadcasting and telecommunication authorities, broadcasters and press, online media and others.
ICRI - Interdisciplinary Centre for IP & IT Law : a research centre within the Faculty of Law at the Leuven University in Belgium. It comprises three different research teams which deal with Information Technology Law, Electronic Communications Lax and Legal Informatics/Information Retrieval. In each of the three fields, the ICRI carries out research, consultancy and educational activities.
International Institute of Communications (IIC) Research on new communication technologies and their commercial, cultural and political impacts among policy-makers, regulators, academicians, content providers, technologists and industrialists. Regularly organises a Broadcasting and New Content Policy Forum, about controversial issues in the digital age and a Telecommunications Forum. "Intermedia" (Quarterly published, only by subscription).
Institute of European Media Law (EMR) Provides a newsticker, links concerning media law, background information concerning meetings etc.
Institute for Information Law (IViR): part of the Faculty of law of the University of Amsterdam. Its activities include research in the field of information law, training of research assistants, organizing conferences and symposia, practical training and the maintenance of a specialised library.
Nordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research (Nordicom): Publications, databases, media statistics, UNESCO Clearing house on children and violence on the screen.
Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy (PCMLP): Examines the processes of restructuring media and telecommunications structures from various perspectives; provides a framework for understanding the background, mechanisms, and prospects of the processes of media restructuring; and helps providing a new generation of scholars and policymakers with a sharpened comparative insight into the problems of adjustment of technology to society.
Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) Contains information about the ACT, its members, its permanent staff, a What's New section and a list of links.
European Broadcasting Union (EBU) The Legal Activities section provides a number of EBU position papers. Free subscription to Eurovision Newsletter.
egta - Association of Television and Radio Sales Houses Contains information about the egta, its activities, staff, egta position papers, TV advertising figures, international events calender, provides access to Radiofocus et TVfocus databases of successful advertising campaigns, etc.
Voice of the Listener & Viewer (VLV) Represents the citizen and consumer interest in broadcasting and works for quality and diversity in British broadcasting. You can find out about VLV's latest news, get information about events, conferences and campaigns, sign up for free e-mail information about VLV, and join VLV.
The European Alliance of Listeners' and Viewers' Associations (EURALVA) An independent non-sectarian alliance of national associations, representing the interest of listeners and viewers of broadcasting and new media services, which can be received in member states of the Council of Europe.
Article 19 A human rights organisation with a specific mandate and focus on the defence and promotion of freedom of expression and freedom of information worldwide. Its work is organised into five Regional Programmes – Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East – and a Law Programme.
Association of European Journalists Across Europe, the AEJ brings together individual journalists through their membership of the national sections. The AEJ was set up in 1962 to promote European harmony and to defend the freedom of information and freedom of the press in Europe. Most activities of the AEJ are arranged by the sections at national level. However, one of the aims of the international association is to create links between individual journalists; to exchange contacts, information and ideas. Media Freedom in Europe is one of the main subjects for the AEJ.
Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE) The CMFE is a common platform for networks, national federations, radio/televevision stations and projects active within the third media sector. On the one hand, it enables the participating organisations to bring up their concerns on a European and international level and, on the other hand, it represents a channel through which European institutions can spread information on relevant questions to CMFE participants.
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) A nonprofit group of lawyers, technologists, volunteers, and visionaries working to protect human rights and civil liberties in the digital world. Originally established in the US to confront cutting-edge issues and defend free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights, the EFF has recently opened a department in Brussels to monitor the developments in Europe.
EUMAP EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program of the Open Society Institute. Monitors the development of human rights and rule of law standards and policies both in the EU, candidate and potential candidate countries. Publishes monitoring reports highlighting specific areas in which state performance conforms to, or falls short of, broadly accepted international standards. These reports also examine ways in which EU standards or policy could be clarified or further articulated.
Internews Aims at improving access to information for people around the world. Its programmes include: training journalists and media professionals, supporting independent radio and TV stations, promoting an open and accessible Internet, promoting liberalised telecommunications policies, supporting fair media laws and policies, facilitating improved health and conflict reporting.
Open Society Institute (OSI) A private operating and grantmaking foundation that implements a range of initiatives to promote open society by shaping government policy and supporting education, media, public health, and human and women's rights, as well as social, legal, and economic reform.
Press Now Supports independent media in conflict regions and transition countries, with the aim to promote the development of open and democratic societies.
South East Europe Media Organisation - SEEMO: A South East European network of editors, media executives and leading journalists, dedicated to freedom of the press and improving the standards and practices of journalism.
South East European Media Observatory: A regional partnership of civil society organisations aimed at enhancing media freedom and pluralism, and influencing media reforms in the countries of South East Europe.
The South East European Network for Professionalization of the Media - SEENPM: Created in 2000 with the aim to raise journalism standards, improve media environment on the national and regional levels, encourage cooperation among media professionals, and to contribute to the mutual understanding and stability in SEE region. SEENPM unites 18 media centers and institutes from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia and Serbia.
World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) AMARC is an international non-governmental organisation serving the community radio movement, with almost 4 000 members and associates in 130 countries. Its goal is to support and contribute to the development of community and participatory radio along the principals of solidarity and international cooperation. All continents are represented on AMARC's International Board of Directors.
EJLT - European Journal of Law and Technology Online-Journal on information law which can be browsed in full text. Contains a diversity of materials including peer reviewed and non-refereed articles, work in progress, book and conference reviews. Provides a news-section and a search-engine for a keyword-search through the entire edition of the EJLT.
Le Blog du Centre de Documentation du CSA (Belgium) highlights recent news in the field of communication, news are searchable through a tag system, free-of- charge subscription to newsletter, provide links to other media blogs
European Journalism Centre - EJC Media News: Offers a daily updated selection of the latest developments in European and International media. The news flashes are stored in the Media News Archive which is searchable on keywords
AVMSD Database: the EAO provides a free accessible database with the measures taken by each Member State in order to implement the AVMSD and their English translation - See more at: https://www.epra.org/articles/media-legislation
EFARN Film Research Library: European Audiovisual Observatory and European Film Agencies Research Network free of charge database on research reports and statistics on film industry
IRIS Monthly Electronic Newsletter of the European Audiovisual Observatory: reports monthly (free of charge) on the most important legal developments for the audiovisual industry in 36 European countries.
LUMIERE: European Audiovisual Observatory free of charge database on admissions of the films released in European cinemas since 1996
LUMIERE VOD: European Audiovisual Observatory free of charge database on European films available on VOD services in Europe
MERLIN: European Audiovisual Observatory free of charge database on legal developments relevant to the audiovisual sector
MAVISE: the free of charge database of TV companies and TV channels in the European Union and candidate countries; edited and published by the the European Audiovisual Observatory for the Communication Directorate General of the European Commission. Recently extended to On-demand Services.
List of links of the European Audiovisual Observatory: an extensive list of useful links.
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