On the occasion of the 25th EPRA meeting in Prague, Dunja Mijatovic, Director of Broadcasting Division of the Communication Regulatory Agency (CRA) from Bosnia and Herzegovina was unanimously elected Chairperson for a period of two years.
Ms. Mijatovic, the first EPRA Chair from a non-EU Member State and the first woman at the head of this European network of media regulators created in 1995, is no newcomer to the EPRA. Her regulatory authority joined the network in spring 2000 and she has been involved in the activities of the Board in her capacity of Vice-Chair since May 2003.
In her acceptance speech, she paid a tribute to the great work carried out by former EPRA chairpersons Joan Botella, Michael O'Keeffe and Greger Lindberg and thanked them for steering EPRA into safe waters and making it such a successful platform for the exchange of information and best practices between media regulators. She also emphasised her desire to carry forward the mission of EPRA and to foster co-operation between regulatory authorities in keeping with EPRA values.
Pursuant to the EPRA Statutes, the Chairperson chairs the meetings and represents the EPRA in its external relations. The Chair is also responsible for the agenda and the Minutes of the meetings.
In carrying out her manifold tasks, the new EPRA Chairperson will be supported by the EPRA Secretariat and by a strong Board composed of four Vice-Chairpersons: Jürgen Brautmeier, Deputy Director of the Media Authority of Northrhine Westphalia (LfM) in Germany, who is incidentally one of the founding fathers of EPRA, Andris Mellakauls, Member of the National Broadcasting Council of Latvia, Sebastiano Sortino, Commissioner of the Italian AGCOM and Tim Suter, Partner Content and Standards from the British Ofcom.