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Article 1, Sections 1, 2, 18, 19, 22, 74, 78 to 96, 117, paragraph 1, sentence 2, subparagraphs 2, 16, 21 to 44 and Article 2 of the draft State Treaty on the modernisation of media legislation in Germany

Notification Number: 2020/26/D (Germany)
Date received: 24/01/2020
End of Standstill: 27/04/2020

Issue of comments by: Commission
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Message 002

Communication from the Commission - TRIS/(2020) 00328
Directive (EU) 2015/1535
Translation of the message 001
Notification: 2020/0026/D

No abre el plazo - Nezahajuje odklady - Fristerne indledes ikke - Kein Fristbeginn - Viivituste perioodi ei avata - Καμμία έναρξη προθεσμίας - Does not open the delays - N'ouvre pas de délais - Non fa decorrere la mora - Neietekmē atlikšanu - Atidėjimai nepradedami - Nem nyitja meg a késéseket - Ma’ jiftaħx il-perijodi ta’ dawmien - Geen termijnbegin - Nie otwiera opóźnień - Não inicia o prazo - Neotvorí oneskorenia - Ne uvaja zamud - Määräaika ei ala tästä - Inleder ingen frist - Не се предвижда период на прекъсване - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare.

(MSG: 202000328.EN)

1. Structured Information Line
MSG 002 IND 2020 0026 D EN 24-01-2020 D NOTIF


2. Member State
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3. Department Responsible
Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, Referat E C 2, 11019 Berlin,
Tel.: 0049-30-2014-6353, E-Mail: infonorm@bmwi.bund.de


3. Originating Department
Staatskanzlei des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz, Referat 241, 55028 Mainz, Tel.: 0049-6131-16-4711, Fax: 0049-6131-16-4721 E-Mail: medienreferat@stk.rlp.de


4. Notification Number
2020/0026/D - SERV30


5. Title
Article 1, Sections 1, 2, 18, 19, 22, 74, 78 to 96, 117, paragraph 1, sentence 2, subparagraphs 2, 16, 21 to 44 and Article 2 of the draft State Treaty on the modernisation of media legislation in Germany


6. Products Concerned
The regulations are related to telemedia. Telemedia are all electronic information and communication services unless they are telecommunications services as per Section 3, subparagraph 24 of the Telecommunications Act which wholly involve the transmission of signals via telecommunications networks, or are telecommunications-supported services pursuant to Section 3, subparagraph 25 of the Telecommunications Act or radio broadcasting as per Article 2, Section 1, sentences 1 and 2 of the draft State Media Treaty [Medienstaatsvertrag – MStV].


7. Notification Under Another Act
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8. Main Content
Articles 1 and 2 of the ‘State Treaty on the modernisation of media legislation in Germany’ will replace the previous State Treaty on radio broadcasting with a State Media Treaty. In addition to adjustments to the previous structure of the State Treaty on radio broadcasting, the State Media Treaty contains requirements which are media-specific and which secure pluralism in the notified individual regulations for gatekeepers (e.g. search engines, smart TVs, voice assistants, app stores, social media). These services are accounted for as media platforms, user interfaces or media intermediaries. With regard to the requirements for free individual and public opinion formation, transparency requirements for political advertising and social media are also expanded or introduced. Telemedia particularly relevant to opinion (which regularly contains news or political information as content) are obliged to comply with journalistic standards.

Further regulations of the draft State Treaty also include the requirements of Directive 2018/1808/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 November 2018 amending Council Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services (Audiovisual Media Services Directive) in view of changing market realities.


9. Brief Statement of Grounds
In addition to implementing the guidelines, the draft State Treaty serves to further develop media legislation in Germany and implements existing agreements between the federal government and the states. The German media legislator is thus reacting to fundamental changes in the media landscape, in particular to the increasing importance of certain services (gatekeepers) for finding and accessing media offerings. The aim of the State Treaty is the media-specific further development of a legal framework that preserves pluralism and promotes diversity.


10. Reference Documents - Basic Texts
Reference(s) to basic text(s): State Treaty on radio broadcasting as amended by the Ninth State Treaty amending State Treaties on broadcasting law (reference text of Notification No 2005/642/D), amended by Article 1 of the Tenth State Treaty amending State Treaties on broadcasting law (does not contain a significant change to the already notified regulation), Article 1 of the Twelfth State Treaty amending State Treaties on broadcasting law (does not contain a significant change to the already notified regulation), Article 1 of the Thirteenth State Treaty amending State Treaties on broadcasting law (this State Treaty also implements Directive 2007/65/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2007 amending Council Directive 89/552/EEC on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the pursuit of television broadcasting activities and does not contain a substantial change to the already notified regulation), Article 3 of the Fifteenth State Treaty amending State Treaties on broadcasting law (does not contain a significant change to the already notified regulation), Article 2 of the Sixteenth State Treaty amending State Treaties on broadcasting law (does not contain a significant change for the already notified provision), Article 1 of the Eighteenth State Treaty amending State Treaties on broadcasting law (does not contain a significant change for the already notified regulation), Article 1 of the Nineteenth State Treaty amending State Treaties on broadcasting law (does not contain a significant change for the already notified regulation), Article 1 of the Twentieth State Treaty amending State Treaties on broadcasting law (does not contain a significant change for the already notified regulation), Article 1 of the Twenty-First State Treaty amending State Treaties on broadcasting law (does not contain a significant change for the already notified regulation), Article 1 of the Twenty-Second State Treaty amending State Treaties on broadcasting law (does not contain a significant change for the already notified regulation), Article 1 of the State Treaty on the modernisation of media legislation in Germany (this State Treaty also serves to implement Directive 2018/1808/EU of the European Parliament and the Council of 14 November 2018 amending Council Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services (Audiovisual Media Services Directive) in view of changing market realities; reference text provided in the Annex).
The basic texts were forwarded with an earlier notification: 2005/642/D


11. Invocation of the Emergency Procedure
No


12. Grounds for the Emergency
-


13. Confidentiality
No


14. Fiscal measures
No


15. Impact assessment
No impact assessment shall be made in the process of concluding a State Treaty.


16. TBT and SPS aspects
TBT aspect

No - the draft is neither a technical regulation nor a conformity assessment.

SPS aspect

No - the draft is neither a sanitary nor phytosanitary measure

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  GIGAEurope on 24-04-2020
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  ANGA Der Breitbandverband e.V. on 09-04-2020
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Please find our contribution in the attached .PDF file.

 


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  DIGITALEUROPE on 01-04-2020
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The aim of the European Single Market is to create an environment that is conducive to the competitiveness of undertakings. 

The German draft Medienstaatsvertrag (MStV) however establishes excessive rules for goods and services intended for the German market and is therefore detrimental to the competitiveness of undertakings. 

As many of the providers of Information Society services and manufacturers of devices operate on a pan-European level and rely on the consistent application of the rules of the Digital Single Market, any kind of fragmentation within the European Single Market is a considerable disadvantage.

Therefore, we encourage the European Commission to have a closer look at these draft rules (our more detailed comments can be found in the enclosed position paper).