The group, which is fully independent, was established in October 2011 by Vice-President Neelie Kroes, and is chaired by the former President of Latvia, Professor Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga. The other members are Professor Herta Däubler-Gmelin, Professor Luís Miguel Poiares Pessoa Maduro and Ben Hammersley.
The mandate of the group was to draw up a report for the Commission with recommendations for the respect, protection, support and promotion of pluralism and freedom of the media in Europe. The findings and recommendations of the Group are now public and are available on this page.
The Commission invited the group to analyse and provide recommendations on issues such as:
On January 21 2013, the High Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism presented its final report, with 30 recommendations. The report is also available in French ( and German (
See also the public consultations results on: