EPRA convenes in Rotterdam for 59th meeting

posted on 31 May, 2024   (public)

Key themes on EPRA's agenda: The high expectations set on media literacy in a tense geopolitical context and artificial intelligence as a supportive tool for media regulators


The 59th EPRA meeting is taking place on 5 – 7 June 2024 in Rotterdam. This closed event, hosted by the Commissariaat voor de Media from the Netherlands, will gather about 140 delegates representing 50 member authorities, permanent observers and invited experts who will exchange on timely issues pertaining to media regulation in Europe. A guest delegation from the Global Online Safety Regulators (GOSRN) is also attending the meeting.

  • Under the guidance of EPRA Chair Mari Velsand, the plenary session on the morning of 6 June will be dedicated to exchanging on recent and upcoming developments among EPRA members and reports from the permanent observer organisations, ERGA and the guest delegation, the GOSRN. During this session, EPRA members will also be invited to elect a new Executive Board member, following the resignation of Maria Donde that will come into effect at the end of this 59th EPRA meeting.  

The role that media literacy and regulators can play in safeguarding democratic integrity and the opportunities and challenges raised by artificial intelligence for regulatory authorities will be addressed by two thematic sessions on, respectively, "Media literacy & Elections” and "AI & Media regulators".

  • Thematic session 1 "Media Literacy & Elections: What works?", chaired by EPRA Vice-Chair Stephanie Comey, will invite Nicoleta Fotiade from Mediawise Society and IAME, Susan Daly from The Journal, Stéphane Hoebeke from RTBF and Mimi van Dun from Netwerk Mediawijsheid to discuss the high expectations set on media literacy to safeguard information, election and democratic integrity in a tense geopolitical context and an important electoral year.
  • Thematic session 2 on “AI & media regulators, chaired by EPRA Vice-Chair Maria Donde, will facilitate a lively and interactive discussion on how media regulators can integrate AI technology in their ways of working and the challenges it raises. To inspire the exchanges, Peggy Valcke from the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications and member of the CAI’s Bureau will provide a high-level perspective on the rise of AI and its impact. Joost Negenman from the Dutch Foundation for Public Broadcasting and Bruno Schmutz from the French regulator Arcom will share with EPRA members their experience with AI integration within their organisation.  

EPRA provides an independent, agile and participatory forum that allows 55 audiovisual regulators in Europe (beyond the EU) to share information, best practices, experiences and expertise. EPRA does not take common positions but seeks to encourage independent, transparent and professional regulation and to raise awareness among its members of the consequences of the upheavals in the media ecosystem and to support them in the necessary evolution of audiovisual regulation practices.

Source: EPRA Secretariat


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