The RVR reported that in 2018 ERGA, in addition to the AVMS Directive and the analysis of changes and challenges it brings, also addresses internal and external pluralism.
Bratislava, November 15 (TASR) – The European Council responded definitively to the revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMS), which will also significantly influence the legislation of the Slovakian media. The board strengthens the position of the Group of European Regulators for audiovisual media services (ERGA), a consultative body of the European Commission in the field of audiovisual media, currently chaired by Luboš Kukliš, director of the Radio Broadcasting and Relay Council (RVR). TASR advised Council spokesman Ivana Furjelová.
The most significant change is the regulation of playlists to share videos (for example, YouTube) and the video content of social networks (for example, Facebook). Emissions must also be affected by television stations, providers of audiovisual media on demand (for example, Netflix, Voyo) or EU regulators. "The new legislation that responds to the new conditions of the market, the countries of the EU are obliged to apply in the national legislation for a period of two years that will begin publishing the text approved in the Official Journal of the EU" Furjel said.
The ERGA position strengthened by the AVMS Directive was commented on by current President Ľuboš Kukliš. "ERGA has become an officially recognized EU law, which institutionally commits us to take part in the decisions about the environment." He clarified at the plenary meeting of ERGA leaders on the day of the adoption of the new directive (November 6).
Kuklis took him for the first time since his election in August 2018. "At first glance, it may seem that the new legislation does not significantly modify the current operation of video sharing and regulation platforms. But it also affects big players in this area, such as YouTube and Facebook." he said that access to regulation would be very innovative. "I think we are witnessing the emergence of a completely new media regulation," he added. According to the Council, thanks to its current position in ERGA, Slovakia is becoming a leader in the formation of the future of media regulation in the EU.
The RVR reported that in 2018 ERGA, in addition to the AVMS Directive and the analysis of changes and challenges it brings, also addresses internal and external pluralism. "The international group, which has conducted a comprehensive comparative study to map current regulatory tools in this area, as well as the resonant issue of spreading misinformation (false news), is directed by Ľuboš Kukliš," Furjel added, with the results presented to the public in December.