New European Regulators Group for Audiovisual services established

The European Commission has established a group of European regulatory authorities to deal with audiovisual services. The European Regulators Group for Audiovisual services (ERGA) brings together the heads or high-level representatives of independent national regulatory bodies in each of the EU Member States.

Its role is to advise and assist the European Commission in implementing the EU Audiovisual Directive.  It will also facilitate co-operation and share experience between European audiovisual regulators in particular on issues facing the digital economy.  The new ERGA will work closely with the “contact committee” formally created by the EU Audiovisual Directive.

The ERGA held its inaugural meeting on 4 March 2014.  The Group elected Mr Olivier Schrameck, the President of the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel in France, as its Chair.  Two vice-Chairs, Prof. de Cock Buning from the Dutch regulator and Mr Dworak of the Polish regulator, were also elected.

The European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, welcomed the creation of ERGA saying “This group is a win-win outcome for audiovisual regulators and for the Commission: their independence is strengthened and everyone will work better together at a crucial time when we will be reviewing EU audiovisual rules in 2015.”

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