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Why talk to the EPC?

Our experience

Since 1991, the EPC has lobbied on over 160 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, four Commission Presidents and over 20 Commissioners and their cabinets, and more than 30 European Parliamentary committees over the four 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.

Our achievements

Notably, we have contributed to the following legislative developments:

  • By encouraging the development of the media, old and new, with the lightest of regulatory frameworks so that they can flourish without the outdated legal constraints considered necessary at a time of spectrum scarcity.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 publicly funded media using their licence income or subsidy from government to unfair competitive advantage.
  • By safeguarding the copyright of publishers content and authors' work through balanced legal protections and business-led solutions such as ACAP (www.the-acap.org) to ensure the future of high quality content.
  • By exempting the written word from taxation (whether on paper, on storage medium or on screen), thus avoiding unwarranted barriers to literacy which is so vital at work and at leisure.
  • 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 securing the freedom of commercial communication so that advertising income, crucial to media businesses, is not jeopardized by intrusive legislation.
  • By empowering, where redress at law is sought, a citizen to use the statutes of the country of origin of the medium in question and so ensure practical remedy across national boundaries.
  • By promoting security of commerce on the internet and so encouraging consumer confidence.
  • By adhering to proper standards of use of databases and personal information about consumers.
  • By acting to maintain the freedom of the internet from unnecessary or intrusive regulation.
  • By publicising the activities of the European Commission and Parliament, and the benefits of a European Internal Market so that the public are informed about the institutions which govern them.