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EPRA for Access Info - transparency

Jean-François Furnémont

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Transcript of EPRA for Access Info - transparency

- informal discussion and cooperation
- exchanges of information and best practices

Not a lobby group
No common decisions
No political statements
Statute :

"The aim of the Observatory shall be to improve the transfer of information within the audiovisual industry, to promote a clearer view of the market and a greater transparency."
Recommendation n°8:

"An independent oversight body such as a media regulator which already oversees registration of broadcast media should be mandated and
adequately resourced
to effectively monitor and ensure compliance with the relevant law(s).
The oversight body should be able to sanction media companies for any failure to fulfill the reporting obligations as well as for reporting false information.
Sanctions for non-compliance must to be sufficient in the national context to incentivise disclosure, taking into account the range of resources which media companies have, and calculated proportionately.
The appointment, mandate, function and powers of the oversight body should be designed to ensure that it is independent of government. The laws governing the application of the sanctions should ensure that they cannot be abused for political purposes and must provide media with effective and rapid appeal mechanisms."
Council of Europe Recommandation on public service media governance (2012):

"39. The section on “accountability” describes the range of structured relationships that public service media organisations need if they are to ensure that their decisions are appropriately informed and their actions properly supported. This will be importantly underpinning if public service media organisations also operate to a high degree of transparency. Among other things, this implies that:
- groups who may not have been formally consulted on the policy and content can nevertheless feel engaged with the way in which the public service media operate;
- operational decisions that have not been subject to formal consultation are nevertheless more likely to be open to public scrutiny; and
- the information that the public service media rely on to take their decisions will be widely available and understood.

40. Among the approaches to transparency that public service media could consider are the following:
- making financial and audience performance information available on a more regular and open basis;
- opening up the work of the board and key decision-making bodies by publishing agendas and minutes where possible;
- disseminating the results of thorough scrutiny of content (including news, education, entertainment and, if applicable, advertising) reflecting its diversity objective.
Policy recommendations for the EU and the CoE :

"The need for openness, transparency and accountability in all aspects of media policy."
HLG on MFP :
"The lack of media ownership transparency and opacity of funding sources."

"The lack of harmonisation of the different national regulations (in particular with regard to media ownership, ownership transparency, libel and copyright) can harm the functioning of the internal market."
Resolution of 21 May 2012, rapporteur Renate Weber :

"35. Calls on the Commission to include in the evaluation and revision of the AVMSD also provisions on transparency on media ownership, media concentration, conflict of interest rules [...]
41. Expresses concern at the lack of transparency in media ownership in Europe, and consequently calls on the Commission and the Member States to ensure transparency in media ownership and management and to take initiatives in this field [...]"
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