Takeaways from the 11th ERGA Plenary meeting in Bratislava

posted on 03 July, 2019   (public)

Monitoring the implementation of the Code of Practice on disinformation and reforming ERGA were key points on the agenda

The 11th Plenary meeting of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) took place in Bratislava on 20 and 21 June 2019.

One of the main outcomes of the meeting was the adoption of an Interim Assessment of the Implementation of the Code of Practice on Disinformation regarding the implementation of the commitments by Google, Twitter and Facebook in the area of political and issue-based advertising

  • The first monitoring results carried out in 16 EU member states show that progress has been achieved by the platforms, but at the same time point to some shortcomings.The main problem was the lack of access to adequate, detailed raw data necessary for a comprehensive monitoring. Additionally the monitoring highlighted some issues related to user-friendliness of archives made available to end-users and some cases in which the political ads were not properly labelled.

Furthermore, in the context of the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) ERGA adopted a first set of measures relating to its functions and working methods with a view to becoming more effective, transparent, relevant and inclusive.

  • ERGA adopted a Statement of Purpose that defines its core values, tasks, operating principles and sets out strategic priorities for the next five years

In addition, the meeting was an opportunity to update members on the ongoing work of ERGA's Subgroup 4 on Gender diversity.

  • This practically-oriented group aims at mapping good practices of the industry in the field of gender equality and media both on-screen and off-screen. A report is expected at the end of the year.
The European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) is composed of national independent regulatory bodies in the field of audiovisual services. The group is in charge of advising and assisting the European Commission in the implementation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD).
EPRA participates as an observer in ERGA plenary meetings and has the opportunity to update ERGA members on recent activities, as it did at the last meeting in Bratislava, see the attached document.

Source: ERGA