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The Council follows the evolution of the European regulations attentively being able to have an impact on the audio-visual sector and cooperates closely with its counterparts of the European Union and the European Commission within the ERGA. II contributes moreover to the definition of the French position in the European negotiations relative to audio-visual and takes part in the implementation of the directive Services of audio-visual mediums (SMA).


The ERGA, the Group of the European regulators of the services of audio-visual mediums


The Council is member of the Group of the European regulators of the services of audio-visual media (European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services - ERGA), which was instituted by a decision of the European Commission of February 3rd, 2014 and of which Olivier Schrameck, president of the CSA, was elected president unanimously on March 4th, during the first meeting of the group. Its mandate will be exercized until the end of 2015.

At the origin of the ERGA the will of the Commission resides, as well as several regulatory authorities in charge of the audio-visual one, and in particular that of the Council, to strengthen the co-operation between regulators within the European Union and to facilitate the emergence of common initiatives.

Creation of the ERGA

G. with Dr.: Roberto Viola (assistant DG of the DG Connect, European Commission), Neelie Kroes (vice-president in charge of the digital Diary, European Commission), Olivier Schrameck (president of the CSA, chair ERGA), Madeleine de Cock Buning, president of the CvM (Netherlands), vice-president of the ERGA), Jan Dworak (president of KRiTT (Poland), vice-president of the ERGA), Lorena Boix-Alonso (chief of the unit “Media and convergent contents” of the DG Connect, European Commission)/Photo CSA.

This wish resulted initially in the behaviour, on the initiative of Olivier Schrameck, president of the CSA, and Ed Richards, general manager of Ofcom (the United Kingdom), on Friday, September 20, 2013, in the buildings of the higher Council of audio-visual, of a meeting of prefiguration aiming at setting up an authority gathering the regulators of audio-visual Member States of the European Union. Were invited to this first meeting the presidents of the authorities of Germany, of Italy, of the Netherlands, of Poland, of the United Kingdom and Sweden.

It is under the aegis of the European Commission that this initiative shaped, with the adoption, on February 3rd, 2014, by the Commission, of the decision instituting the ERGA. This group, which brings together the leaders of the regulatory authorities of the Member States of the European Union, has the role of making a contribution coordinated and operational to the Commission in the evolution of the European legal framework, on such decisive subjects for the evolution of the regulation of audio-visual as the convergence of the services of media to the era of digital, the protection of public, freedom of expression and pluralism, and the assertion of the independence of the regulatory authorities.


Consult the official statement published in this occasion.

Consult the page presenting the ERGA in detail.


The definition of the French positions in the field of the audio-visual one


Pursuant to article 9 of the law of September 30th, 1986 which lays out that “ the higher Council of audio-visual is consulted on the definition of the position of France in the international negotiations on the radio and television ”, the CSA takes part in the definition of the position of the French authorities on the files of the European Union related with audio-visual within the framework of the coordination ensured by the Secretariat-general of the European business (SGAE).

In support and complement of the answers of the French authorities, the Council makes if necessary a direct taxation to the consultations and investigations of the European Commission.


The implementation of the directive Services of audio-visual mediums (SMA)


The Council took part in the transposition in French right of directive SMA :

  • by giving opinions on the government bills and of lawful acts of transposition;
  • by adopting recommendations, in particular in the field of the protection of the young public and the placement of product.

It prepares the reports on the promotion of European works envisaged in articles 13.16 and 17 of directive SMA.

Directive SMA recognizes, in its preamble and its article 30, the role of the national organizations of regulation independent in implementation the effective of its provisions as well as the importance of the co-operation between these organizations, in particular with regard to the application of the criteria of competence of the Member States, the warranty of the freedom of reception and the exemptions which can be brought temporarily there, and the procedure anti skirting. For this purpose, the Council maintains the close bilateral relations with its counterparts of the European Union.

The services of the Council assist, at the sides of the representatives of the Head office of culture industries and media (DGMIC) of the ministry for the culture and the communication, with the meetings of the committee of contact instituted near the European Commission by article 29 of directive SMA. 


Other networks of regulators in Europe

The Council is also implied other networks joining together of the regulators of European countries and, for the RIRM (see below), other continents: 

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