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Our Experience

Since 1991, the EPC has lobbied on over 250 different legislative and other proposals and directives directly or indirectly affecting the day-to-day business of the media industry – from 16 different European Commission departments, six Commission Presidents and over 35 Commissioners and their cabinets, and more than 30 European Parliamentary committees over the six terms.

Our Knowledge And Expertise

When talking to the EPC, legislators have access to the most senior executives and decision-makers of Europe’s major media companies for feedback or information on the real or potential impact of proposed legislation.

Our Innovation

Via the EPC, legislators have immediate access to the most progressive thinking on new industry developments and innovation.

  1. To sustain and grow Europe’s media economy -  online, in broadcast and in print

  2. To inform, educate and entertain Europe’s citizen's

  3. To maintain a diverse media as rich and varied as its consumers

  4. To protect freedom of speech and uphold democracy in the European Union

The EPC achieves its goals through the following:

  • By promoting a business-led strategy for the development of the media, with the lightest of regulatory frameworks so that they can flourish without the outdated legal constraints considered necessary at a time of spectrum scarcity.

  • By promoting the establishment of self regulatory codes for editorial and advertising content and of mechanisms for the public to seek speedy and effective redress where appropriate.

  • By ensuring access for news reporters and their cameras to events and information which serve the public interest.

  • By promoting competition amongst those media without the Public Service media using their licence income or subsidy from government to unfair competitive advantage.

  • By safeguarding the copyright of publishers' content and authors’ work and promoting fair licensing terms.

  • By promoting speedy takedown and removal of copyright protected material from platforms when no authorisation has been granted by publishers or broadcasters.

  • By securing the freedom of commercial communication so that  , is not jeopardized by intrusive legislation or disproportionate enforcement actions by data protection authorities.

  • By recognizing that advertising performs an essential role in providing consumers with information about goods and services and so guarantees competition in a free market economy.

  • By promoting access to, and security of e-commerce and so encouraging consumer confidence in the Digital Single Market. 

  • By promoting effective antitrust enforcement against dominant players whose conduct departs from free and fair competition and by supporting appropriate and timely remedies including data-related remedies (e.g. data portability, data interoperability, full protocol interoperability).

  • By promoting transparency in the way in which the platforms conduct business, of their algorithms and their collection and use data; requiring audited figures on the reach on their platforms, or on the revenues derived from publishers’ users.

  • By promoting fairer competition with the Public Service Media which use their licence income or subsidy from government to unfair competitive advantage.

  • By exempting the news media, journals, magazines and books from VAT (whether online or on paper), thus avoiding unwarranted barriers to literacy which is so vital at work and at leisure.

  • By promoting the establishment of self-regulatory codes for editorial, advertising and data processing and of mechanisms for the public to seek speedy and effective redress where appropriate.

  • By publicizing the activities of the European Commission and Parliament, and the working of the Digital Single Market so that the public are informed about the institutions which govern them.

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