The Council of Europe under the Project “Promoting freedom of expression and information and freedom of the media in South-East Europe (SEE)” organised a regional conference on “Indicators for Independence of Media Regulatory Bodies”. The conference took place from 6 to 7 March 2014 in Tirana, Albania.
The Conference brought together representatives of the regulatory authorities in the field of media, relevant Ministries, Parliamentary Committees and non-governmental organisations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244). The aim was to discuss indicators for the formal and actual independence of regulatory bodies.
The conclusions (see "attached document" below) of the meeting underlined the essential role played by the Council of Europe in the region in setting standards and in assisting the implementation process based on the European Convention of Human Rights.
It was also agreed to hold a one-day meeting with regulatory bodies from the region on the day preceding the EPRA meeting in Budva - i.e. on Wednesday 4 June 2014. The follow-up seminar will focus on “Defining specific indicators for establishing and monitoring the transparency, responsibility and operational efficiency of these bodies, as parameters which should be taken into account in the process of analysing their work and independence”.