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Regulatory Framework -  AVMSD  

Audiovisual Media Services
Directive (AVMSD)

These days we can watch our favourite programmes from all over Europe not just on TV, but also via the internet or on our mobile phones. Like other goods and services, the audiovisual media are subject to the rules of the single European market.

To function optimally, this "single European TV market" needs a minimum set of common rules covering aspects like advertising and protection of minors.

These rules are laid down in the EU's Audiovisual Media Services Directive, which governs EU-wide coordination of national legislation on all audiovisual media, both traditional TV broadcasts and on-demand services.

Goals of EU coordinationavms

Areas of EU coordination

    The AVMSD governs EU-wide coordination of national legislation in the following areas:

Go toGeneral principles

Go toIncitement to hatred

Go toAccessibility for people with disabilities

Go toPrinciples of Jurisdiction

Go toMajor Events

Go toPromotion and distribution of European works

Go toCommercial communications

Go toProtection of minors television without frontiers

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Go toFactsheet – EU rules on audiovisual media

Go toHistory of EU audiovisual media rules

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