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European Publishers Council Seminar, 16 September 2023

Understanding and Reporting EU Media Business Issues

Renaissance Brussels Hotel , Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels


10h00-11h00              Delegates registration and coffee

11h00                          Welcome by Mr. Francisco Pinto Balsemão, EPC Chairman

·        What is the European Publishers Council

·        The objective of event

-                To close the gap between the media correspondents and EU media stories

-                To complement coverage by the Brussels correspondents

-                Provide practical information about getting information in Brussels

-                Look at the issues of the day to help journalists based at national level understand better why we as EPC companies are interested in these issues, and how they affect the media business. 

11h00-11h20                 The EU legislative process and how industry lobbies work.
A thumbnail sketch from the EPC of a working example: Speaker: Angela Mills, Executive Director, EPC

11h20-11h40               Summary of responses to the questionnaires.
Speaker: Steffen Kragh, President and CEO, The Egmont Group, Denmark

11h40-12h00               Presentation by Amelia Torres, Commissioner Monti’s Porte Parole( DG Competition): Information sources in the EU; Commission policy on relations with the media; comment on the questionnaire findings.

12h00-12h15              Q&A

12h15-12h35               Presentation by  Brandon Mitchener, Brussels Wall Street Journal correspondent: Transparency of information sources; how to get the whole story; comment on responses to the questionnaire 

12h35-13h00              Q&A

13h00-14h30               Lunch: Guest speaker, EU Commissioner David Byrne, Health and Consumer Protection

14h30-16h30               Panel discussion of the main EU issues affecting European media companies:

Chairman: Francisco Pinto Balsemao, will be joined by
EPC Member  Mr. Jaakko Rauramo: Chairman and CEO, SanomaWSOY Corporation, Finland and Angela Mills Wade, EPC Executive Director.

Expert Panellist: Claudia Hahn DG JAI on Rome II; Beate Gminder Porte Parole, Commissioner Byrne.  The EPC will respond with views on what’s at stake from some specific directives which affect advertising and editorial

Q & A

16h30                         Conclusions

16h40-17h30              Networking/interviews (coffee)