The Council of the European Union, which gathered on 25 - 26 November 2013 in Brussels in its Education, youth, culture and sport configuration, adopted key Conclusions on media freedom and pluralism in the digital environment on 26 November.
The Conclusions essentially address three main issues: ensuring transparency of media ownership, the protection of journalists from undue (political and economic) influence and protection of journalistic sources, as well as the independence of audiovisual regulators.
With specific regard to regulatory authorities, the Council and the representatives of the governments note that:
Furthermore, the Council and the representatives of the governments agree that:
Among other measures, the Council invites the Member States to:
In addition, the Council invites the European Commission to:
The Council also invites the Commission to continue to support the Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM), implemented by the European University Institute of Florence and encourage its further use. Furthermore, it emphasises the important role of the Council of Europe in setting standards for media freedom and pluralism and that the cooperation with that body should be further continued and strengthened.
The Education, Youth and Culture (EYC) Council brings together education, culture, youth and communication Ministers around three or four times a year. It usually adopts its decisions by a qualified majority (apart from on cultural affairs, where it acts unanimously) and in codecision with the European Parliament.