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 devices. Like other goods and services, the audiovisual media are subject to the rules of the single European market.

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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:

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Reports of targeted consultations

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