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The CSA will chair a working group of the ERGA on directive SMA

Publication date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

MM Olivier Schrameck and Damir Hajduk _ERGA_ November 2017 _CSA

On November 9th, 2017, the ERGA elected with its presidency for 2018 Damir Hajduk, of the Croatian regulatory authority. The CSA saw himself allotting the direction of a working group on directive SMA, about to being adopted in the next months.

A new president elected at the time of the plenary assembly

Brussels accommodated on November 9th, 2017 the eighth plenary assembly of the ERGA, European Regulators' Group for Audiovisual Media Services. This meeting of end of the year prepared the transition towards the new presidency from 2018: election of the future president, assessment of the year, preparation of the program of 2018 and renewal of the study groups.

Elected official unanimously, the president of the Croatian authority (AEM), Damir Hajduk, will succeed in January 2018 Madeleine de Cock Buning, president of the regulatory authority of the Netherlands. It will be assisted by two vice-presidents:

  • Lubos Kuklis, chief executive officer of the Slovak authority (CBR) and already vice-president of the ERGA,
  • Tobias Schmid, police chief in charge of the European business of the German authority (DLM).

By the voice of Mr. Olivier Schrameck, the CSA gave to Mr. Hajduk his total support for his presidency, which it wishes ambitious and carrying results. The year 2018 will be decisive for the ERGA since the adoption of a new directive on the Services of audio-visual mediums (SMA) could take place in the next months. European Commission (DG CONNECT) mentioned projection of the inter-institutional negotiations on this subject and foresees a fast adoption of this one.

Possible fast adoption of directive SMA

A study group dedicated to this directive was created within the ERGA. The CSA and his president, Mr. Olivier Schrameck, were designated unanimously to manage it. The authorities Italian and German showed their interest to take part in a very active way in work of the sub-group. They will thus be closely associated with its activities.

Three priority axes of work were released:

  • the integration of new actors in the field of application of the directive;
  • the realization of the objectives of cultural diversity within the framework of the new directive;
  • the questions of jurisdiction ratione loci which will be more particularly controlled by the CSA.

Creation of several study groups

The other study groups will nourish the reflection of the regulators on broader subjects, such as the car and the coregulation, and measures it internal and external pluralism media. Last a sub-group is devoted to the development of the formations within the framework of Academy ERGA and to a database common to all the authorities members aiming at facilitating the information exchange and of good practices between these last.

What the ERGA?

Created in 2014 by the European Commission, following an initiative of the CSA, the ERGA joins together the national authorities of audio-visual regulation of the States members ofthe European Union. This group aims making a contribution coordinated and operational to the European Commission on all the subjects having milked to the evolution of the European legal framework and at facilitating the dialogue, the co-operation and the exchange of good practices between the European regulators.

What directive SMA?

The directive Services of Audio-visual mediums (SMA) establishes Règles common to the 28 Member States of the European Union to frame the free supply and circulation of services of audio-visual mediums (at the same time linear and delinearized) in the single market. The directive, already amended several times since its initial version of 1989 (at the time directive “Televisions Without Borders”), currently is the object of a revision. This one should, in particular, see its field of application being extended to new actors in order to better take into account the recent trends in the market of the audio-visual one.