07 February, 2022
Less topics, more depth and a flexible, cooperative approach
The Executive Board approved EPRA's Work Programme for 2022 on 28 January. The endorsement took place after a round of consultation with EPRA members and integrates the input collected from the membership.
The Work Programme follows the same key principles as the past year - a flexible approach with broad themes and flexible discussion formats. The Work Programme focuses on three themes, treated through a variety of angles, formats and outputs. All three themes examine whether the traditional regulatory approaches, tools, methodologies and internal work processes of the media regulators are fit for purpose in the online environment and if they require some rethinking.
EPRA looks very much forward to combining the best of the offline and online worlds, by resuming in-person meetings and continuing with the dedicated online groups launched in 2021 to support informal discussions and the exchange of best practices and experience on issues at the core of media NRAs concerns: media and information literacy (“EMIL”), artificial intelligence (“AI Roundtables”) and the regulation of video-sharing platforms (“VSP regulation”).
EPRA's themes for 2022:
- Empowering & Protecting Minors: will be the focus of a plenary session in spring and of online meetings of the EMIL Taskforce, the AI and Regulators Roundtable and the discussion group on video-sharing platform regulation.
- Dis/misinformation, Plurality & Trust: will be the focus of a plenary session in autumn and online meetings of the EMIL Taskforce, the AI and Regulators Roundtable and the discussion group on video-sharing platform regulation.
- NRAs in a Digital Environment: supporting NRAs in a digital environment is a key strategic objective of EPRA. The theme will be covered during plenary sessions in spring and in autumn and supported by the development of an ambitious cooperation scheme.
Furthering cooperation partnerships
2022 marks the beginning of a wider cooperation scheme between EPRA and the University of Vienna Comms Policy Collaborative (CPC). This cooperation will be greatly beneficial to both parties, with EPRA members benefitting from the CPC research, and encouraging an evidence-based approach to regulation.
Collaboration will also take place with other academic partners on specific projects and with the European Audiovisual Observatory.
The Board is open to relevant opportunities for cooperation with new partners, be it from the industry, academia or civil society.
NEW: A brief overview of EPRA activities in 2021 with links to the content of thematic sessions and working groups and an indicative schedule of online events from January to July 2022 are annexed to the Work Programme.
We welcome your feedback!
We warmly welcome feedback from EPRA members and external organisations to flesh out our approach. We look forward to fruitful exchanges and collaborations
EPRA Executive Board and EPRA Secretariat