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The Audiovisual Media Services Directive [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Ivana Katsarova (4th edition),

The Audiovisual Media Services Directive

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On 25 April 2017, the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education voted to amend the proposal for an updated EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive, presented by the Commission in May 2016. MEPs also voted to open interinstitutional trilogue talks, with a view to finalising the legislation on the basis of the committee amendments. The overarching goal of the proposal is to bring about a balance between competitiveness and consumer protection. It therefore aims to introduce flexibility when restrictions only applicable to TV are no longer justified, promote European films, protect minors and tackle hate speech more efficiently. The proposal also reflects a new approach to online platforms. Although the directive’s increased protection for vulnerable viewers in VOD platforms has been greeted with satisfaction, the new rules on promotion of European works and commercial communications have received mixed views from stakeholders.

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services in view of changing market realities
Committee responsible:



Shadow rapporteurs:






Culture and Education (CULT)

Petra Kammerevert (S&D, Germany)

Sabine Verheyen (EPP, Germany)

Angel Dzhambazki (ECR, Bulgaria)

Yana Toom (ALDE, Estonia)

Curzio Maltese (GUE/NGL, Italy)

Helga Trüpel (Greens/EFA, Germany)

Isabella Adinolfi (EFDD, Italy)

Dominique Bilde (ENF, France)

COM(2016) 287 final of 25.05.2016



Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing (formerly ‘co-decision’)

Next steps expected: Trilogue negotiations

EU Legislation in progress




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