The European Audiovisual Observatory has published an IRIS Spécial on issues tied to transposition of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive into national law. On its website, the Observatory indicates that this edition “discusses the importance of this task for general concepts and key definitions contained in the Directive. On the basis of these concepts, it looks at practical issues and possible solutions that are emerging in the transposition arrangements of the various EU member states. Finally, it examines a number of subsidiary regulatory and monitoring issues.
“In this discussion, it becomes clear on the one hand how big the differences in the transposition of the Directive from one state to another are and to what extent the different legal traditions of individual states have an impact. Numerous examples make it clear that the, in some cases, broadly defined concepts and targets of the Directive leave room for different national solutions, especially in the case of non-linear services. On the other hand, attention is also drawn to the fact that the current regulatory culture in some EU member states will change since a number of the Directive’s provisions will result in the lasting adaptation and simplification of their legislation.”
Implementation of the objectives and priorities of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive is discussed using examples such as the promotion of cultural diversity and limits to advertising.
This work is available in English, French, and German and may be ordered from the European Audiovisual Observatory.