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  July 2004
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  Francisco Balsemão
  Chairman, EPC
  Chairman and CEO,
  Impresa S.G.P.S.
  Rua Ribeiro Sanches 65
  1200 Lisboa
  Tel: +351 21 392 9782
  Fax: +351 21 392 9788

  Angela Mills Wade
  Executive Director
  c/o Europe Analytica
  26 Avenue Livingstone
  Bte 3
  B-1000 Brussels
  Tel: +322 231 1299

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  Tel:  +44 1245 476 265

What actions does the EPC take?

  • 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development of the media, old and new, with the lightest of regulatory frameworks so that they can flourish without the outdated legal constraints considered necessary at a time of spectrum scarcity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 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 by commissioning high quality content
  • By seeking to secure for publishers, when they purchase that content, practical contracts that will work across all media
  • 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 use of databases and information about consumers
  • By acting to maintain the freedom of the internet from unnecessary or intrusive regulation
  • By publicizing the activities of the European Commission and Parliament, and the working of the Internal Market so that the public are informed about the institutions which govern them


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