A seminar took place in Brussels on 3 October 2014 for an exchange of practices in the field of transparency of media ownership.



The seminar was held at the Albert Borschette Congress Center (CCAB), Room AB-0D. Rue Froissart, 36 - 1040 Brussels, Belgium.

Registration is now closed. The event is free. Given that the number of participants is limited, registration has been granted on a first come first served basis.

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Recordings and feedback

The event was webstreamed. The recordings are available.

Please see also the following blog post.  


08:00 – 09:15 Registration and coffee

09:15 – 09:45 Welcoming speech by Robert Madelin, Director-General, DG CNECT, European Commission


Case studies:

09:45 – 10:45  Austria

  • Moderator: Susanne Nikoltchev,  Executive Director, European Audiovisual Observatory
  • Dr. Michael R. Kogler, Deputy Director, Department for media law and coordination information society, Constitutional Service, Federal Chancellery of Austria
  • Josef Barth, Founder, The Freedom of Information Forum
  • Josef Trappel, Professor for media policy and media economics & Head of the Institute for Communication Studies, University of Salzburg


10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 12:15  Croatia

  • Moderator: Prof. Robert Picard, Director of Research, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford
  • Damir Hajduk, Deputy Chairman, Croatian Agency for Electronic Media
  • Nenad Sebek, Spokesperson, Regional Cooperation Council
  • Davor Glavaš, Journalist and media expert


12:15 – 13:15  Finland

  • Moderator: Lorena Boix Alonso, Head of Unit, Converging Media and Content, DG CNECT, European Commission
  • Sini Wirén, Ministerial Adviser, Communications Market, Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications
  • Risto Uimonen, Chairman, Council for Mass Media in Finland (Presentation)
  • Kallina Simeonoff, Policy Officer - Company Law and Corporate Governance Desk Officer, DG MARKT, European Commission
  • Jarno Hartikainen, EU Correspondent, Finnish business media outlet Kauppalehti


13:15 – 14:45 Lunch break

14:45 – 15:00 Report/summary on morning panels, Prof. Tim Suter (Rapporteur), Managing Director, Perspective Associates

15:00 – 16:30 High level debate – Transparency of media ownership, media freedom and pluralism

Moderator: Dr Damian Tambini, Senior Lecturer, Programme Director: MSc Media & Communications (Governance), LSE

Including the following panelists:  

  • Minister Miguel Maduro, Portuguese Minister in the Cabinet of Prime Minister and for Regional Development, Member of the High Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism
  • Christian van Thillo,  CEO, De Persgroup & Chairman of the EU Media Futures Forum
  • Helen Darbishire, Vice President and Executive Director, Info Access

16:30 – 17:00 Video message by Vice President Neelie Kroes

             Speech by Constantijn Van Oranje-Nassau, Head of Cabinet





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