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The network of the European Union: the ERGA

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Réunion of the ERGA, on April 14th, 2015 in Paris.

The ERGA (European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services) brings together the leaders of the regulatory authorities of the Member States of the European Union charged with audio-visual to make 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.

 

Creation and missions

Instituted by a decision of the European Commission of February 3rd, 2014, pursuant to article 30 of directive SMA (Services of audio-visual mediums), the ERGA (European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services) was created with an aim of strengthening the co-operation between regulatory authorities in charge of the audio-visual one within the European Union and of facilitating the emergence of common initiatives.

This group, which gathers the regulatory authorities of audio-visual of the twenty-eight Member States of the European Union, has the roles:

  • of advising the Commission on the relative questions with the services of audio-visual mediums concerned with its competence;
  • to facilitate the co-operation between the regulators of the States members of the European Union;
  • to be a newsgroup allowing the good practice and experience sharing between regulators.

The ERGA will have in particular as a task to make a coordinated and operational contribution to the Commission for the evolution of the European regulation framework as regards services of audio-visual mediums.

 

Members

The ERGA gathers the twenty-eight regulatory authorities of audio-visual Member States of the European Union, represented each one by their leader.

The European platform of the authorities of regulation (EPRA), the European Observatory of audio-visual as well as the regulators of the Member States of European Economic Area (EEE) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) have the statute of observer within the group.

 

Operation and governance

The operation and the governance of the ERGA are framed by a decision of the European Commission, adopted on February 3rd, 2014, and by its rules of procedure. The ERGA normally holds two meetings a year, one in spring and one with the autumn. The group can also meet at the request of the majority of its members. The meetings are articulated around plenary sessions and of working groups whose topics are specified within the framework of an annual program. The working languages are French and English.

The president and the two vice-presidents of the ERGA are named for one year by the group members, in the majority of two thirds. The rules of procedure of the ERGA envisage an operation of the presidency and vice-presidencies in the troika: at the time of the meeting noting the end of his mandate, the president becomes vice-president for one year while the vice-president elected the previous year takes over automatically the presidency and that a second vice-president is elected.

The secretariat of the ERGA is ensured by DG CONNECT (Head office of the communication networks, the contents and technologies) of the European Commission. It is charged to arrange the meetings, to facilitate the information exchanges between the members and to bring up to date the website of the group.

 

Participation of the CSA

At the time of the first meeting of the ERGA, which was held on March 4th, 2014 in Brussels, Olivier Schrameck was elected with the presidency of the group unanimously. The president and the president of the authorities of the Netherlands and Poland were elected vice-presidents. This first mandate was exceptionally prolonged until the end of 2015 in order to confer on the group the stability necessary to the good launching of its work.

The delegations of the Council which take part in the meetings of ERGA are led by the President, generally accompanied by the Advisor in charge of the European business. Throughout the year, the Council ensures an active participation in the information exchange between members of the ERGA.

 

First operational results

The Group of the European regulators of the services of audio-visual mediums (ERGA) met on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in Brussels for its plenary second session.

The year 2014 was reserved for the launching of work of the Group. Following the adoption of a first work program in July 2014, three sub-groups were created to broach the subjects of the independence of the regulators, of the protection of the minors and the field of application of the directive on the services of audio-visual mediums (SMA) in the European lawful context. This second and last full session of the year 2014 was also opportunity of discussing the projections of the Group to the glance as of actions envisaged by its work program.

To consult the press release published in this occasion.

 

In accordance with this program, the ERGA adopted a declaration stressing the importance of the concept of independence of the national regulatory authorities for the services of audio-visual mediums. The ERGA requires of the Commission to take into account this declaration within the framework of the exercise of examination of directive SMA. It is about a first major stage, at the same time for the Group which affirms as of the first year its role and for the study of the concept of independence, as a common value, shared by all the regulators and on which base their various missions.

 

Consult the declaration of the ERGA on the independence of the national regulatory authorities in the audio-visual sector and its work program for 2015.

 

April 14th, 2015: meeting with Paris and adoption of a declaration on freedom of expression

The third plenary session of the ERGA took place on April 14th, 2015 in Paris. On proposal of the French presidency, the ERGA adopted a Joint Declaration on the topic of freedom of expression. The shortly after the murder attempts which struck France and Denmark, the European regulators of the services of audio-visual mediums wished to reaffirm the importance of this basic right, and their unwavering support and interdependent with his defense.

The participants also continued work preliminary to the re-examination of directive SMA envisaged by the European Commission. The work concerned the role of the audio-visual regulators, on the reinforcement of child protection, the determination of the services and the operators likely to be concerned in new economic environment and technological.

It was finally treated territorial distribution of the responsibilities in particular between country of origin and country of destination for the audio-visual services.

 

Consult the official statement published in this occasion, as well as the declaration of the ERGA on freedom of expression

 

Statement on the French presidency

The presidency of Olivier Schrameck, president of the Superior council of audio-visual, in charge of the ERGA was completed at the beginning of 2016 and it is Madeleine de Cock Buning, vice-president of the ERGA and president of the regulatory authority of the Netherlands, which succeeded to him.

The CSA published, at the beginning of 2016, an assessment as of these two years of mandate.

 

Consult the statement on the French presidency

 

Declaration on the need for guaranteeing the independence of the media

On January 12th, 2016, the ERGA published a declaration on the need for guaranteeing the independence of the media.

 

Consult this declaration of the ERGA

 

May 2016: report on the territorial jurisdiction and reaction to the project of revision of the directive Services of audio-visual mediums

On May 17th, 2016, the ERGA adopted a report on the territorial jurisdiction in a converged environment. This report was elaborate within the framework of the sub-group chaired by the CSA.

It exposes the problems encountered by the regulators in the application of the rules of territoriality envisaged by the current directive Services of audio-visual mediums and presents the collective vision of the ERGA on the desirable evolution of these provisions.

Consult the report of the ERGA on the territorial jurisdiction

 

On May 25th, the CSA greeted with a great satisfaction the publication of the proposal for a revision of the directive Services of audio-visual media of the European Commission which aimed at adapting the European legal framework of audio-visual to the changes of the sector.

In the phase of preparation of this proposal, the contribution of the ERGA was decisive. The Council also made its contribution while answering, in November 2015, with the consultation of the Commission entitled “a framework for the media to the 21E century ”.

Consult the official statement published by the CSA on this occasion

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