The EU's Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) governs EU-wide coordination of national legislation on all audiovisual media, both traditional TV broadcasts and on-demand services.
The latest review of AVMSD has been completed on 6 November 2018. The Council adopted the revised directive on Audiovisual Media Services. This was the final step in the legislative process.
The final act was signed by the legislators on 14 November 2018 and published in the EU Official Journal on 28 November 2018. After its publication in the Official Journal, EU countries will have 21 months to transpose it into national legislation.
To help Member States with the implementation of the new AVMSD rules on video-sharing platforms and the promotion of European works, the Commission has adopted two sets of guidelines.
An "A-Z" list of useful terms is available for reference.
Goals of EU coordination
- providing rules to shape technological developments
- creating a level playing field for emerging audiovisual media
- preserving cultural diversity
- protecting children and consumers
- safeguarding media pluralism
- combating racial and religious hatred
- guaranteeing the independence of national media regulators.
Areas of EU coordination
The AVMSD governs EU-wide coordination of national legislation in the following areas:
- General principles
- Incitement to hatred
- Accessibility for people with disabilities
- Principles of Jurisdiction
- Major Events
- Promotion and distribution of European works
- Commercial communications
- Protection of minors
Reports of targeted consultations
- AVMSD - 2010/13/EU - Codified version (All languages)
- Corrigendum to Directive 2010/13/EU ( OJ L 95, 15.4.2010 )
- Guidelines on the method of calculation of the share of European works and the exemptions for low audience and low turnover (Article 13(7) Directive (EU) 2010/13)
- Guidelines on the practical application of the essential functionality criterion of the definition of video-sharing platform services (Recital 5 of Directive 2018/1808/EU)