AVMSD - Audiovisual Regulators
Since 2003, an informal group of national regulators in the
broadcasting area has been convened by the Commission for a yearly meeting in
Brussels. The meetings are attended by national regulatory authorities of the
Member States, the candidate countries and the EEA countries.
The AVMSD recognizes the existence and the role of the independent regulatory authorities which in most Member States are responsible for the effective enforcement of the national measures transposing the rules of the Directive.
In general, regulators in the field of audiovisual media services have to supervise audiovisual programmes’ compliance with European and national rules. This provision should provide a basis for an increased cooperation between regulators and the Commission in order to achieve an overall better enforcement of the rules of the Directive notably when issues of jurisdiction are at stake. More broadly, this exchange of information and cooperation allows discussions at EU level on issues of interpretation and application of provisions of the Directive, especially advertising rules. Such discussions allow a more consistent application of the rules and thus a level playing field throughout the EU.
A study on independent regulators, INDIREG, was conducted on behalf of the European Commission. The final report (published in 2011) is available on this website. The study aimed to analyse the effective implementation of the legal framework for the functioning of the media regulatory bodies in the Member States, candidate and potential candidate countries of the European Union as well as identifying the key characteristics of an independent regulatory body. The authors of the study devised a tool for the self-assessment of independence and efficient functioning of the media regulatory bodies, based on formal and de facto criteria, such as status and powers, financial autonomy, autonomy of decision-makers, knowledge and accountability and transparency mechanism.
Member States shall take appropriate measures to provide each other and the Commission with the information necessary for the application of this Directive, in particular Articles 2, 3 and 4, in particular through their competent independent regulatory bodies.