The Council conclusions reflect the understanding that a holistic approach is needed to support the development of a strong, resilient and independent news ecosystem. News Media Europe welcomes this important step and looks forward to working with Member States to ensure a more comprehensive EU approach to media policy.
The Council conclusions highlight the need to ensure a better level playing field as regards certain digital business models. Member States have made it clear that there is an urgent need to reconsider certain regulatory regimes, as regards competition and taxation policy.
Importantly, Member States have also called on the European Commission to increase its efforts in the field of media literacy, including when this concerns the training of news professionals. News Media Europe hopes that these conclusions will be reflected in the discussions for the budget of the next Creative Europe programme, which is currently being negotiated.
Wout van Wijk, Executive Director of News Media Europe, commented: “Today, Ministers have recognised the need to make media policy work for all the players in the ecosystem, not just for a few large platforms. We strive to continue bringing quality news content to European citizens.”.
About News Media Europe:
News Media Europe (NME) represents the progressive news media industry in Europe – over 2,200 European news brands in print or online, and also on radio and tv. NME is committed to maintaining and promoting the freedom of the press, to upholding and enhancing the freedom to publish, and to championing the news brands which are one of the most vital parts of Europe’s creative industries.