The European Commission decided, on 3 May 2019, that the Latvian regulator's decision to suspend for three months the retransmission of a Russian language channel "Rossiya RTR", due to incitement to hatred, is compatible with EU law. The decision has been notified today to the Member States.
The Contact Committee has been established to monitor the implementation of the Audiovisual and Media Services Directive and the developments in the sector as well as to offer a forum for the exchange of views.
The European Parliament plenary session approved the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). Part of the Digital Single Market strategy, the new rules pave the way for a fairer regulatory environment for the entire audiovisual sector, including on-demand services and video sharing platforms.
The European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) has elected a new Chairperson for 2019. Current Vice-Chair Mr Ľuboš Kukliš, of the Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission of Slovakia, will take up the role.
The European Commission decided, on 4 May 2018, that the Lithuanian regulator's measure to suspend for twelve months the retransmission of a Russian language channel "RTR Planeta", due to incitement to hatred, is compatible with EU law.
Subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement, as of the withdrawal date, the EU rules in the field of audiovisual media services will no longer apply to the United Kingdom.
The European Commission has decided, on the basis of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), that the Swedish intention to impose their ban on alcohol advertising on two broadcasters based in the UK and broadcasting in Sweden is not compatible with EU law.
"I am pleased that the Council adopted today a general approach on the update of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive.
It is essential to have one common set of audiovisual rules across the EU and avoid the complication of different national laws.
We need to take into account new ways of watching videos, and find the right balance to encourage innovative services, promote European films, protect children and tackle hate speech in a better way."