Media & Content
In spite of the difficult financial climate, the EU media sector is thriving, with technological developments offered by the internet providing broadcasters and content providers with new ways to develop their business models and distribute their content.
Regulation at EU level is, however, remains important in order to ensure that traditional content providers and newcomers operate on a level playing field. Key current and forthcoming issues include:
- The EU copyright framework
- IPR enforcement
- The AVMS Directive and connected TV developments
- Completion of the digital single market
- Net neutrality
- Infrastructure investment
State aid to public service broadcasters
We supported our client, a commercial broadcaster, in their efforts to ensure that DG Competition opened a formal investigation into a state aid scheme proposed by a public sector broadcaster.
We ensure that the pressure was maintained on DG Competition by meeting with key members of other DG’s and Cabinet’s, in order to politicise the issue within the Commission. This internal pressure was supplemented by external pressure from senior MEPs, in the form of parliamentary questions and letters, and interested 3rd parties, who also met with or wrote letters to the Commission to highlight their concern. As a result, the Commission decided to open a formal Phase II investigation and, ultimately, the Member State in question withdrew the proposed scheme.
Senior Executive outreach programmes
We have assisted numerous clients with Senior Executive-level outreach programmes, to help them achieve their regulatory objectives by establishing a dialogue with the key EU decision-makers and placing their messages on the political agenda here in Brussels. We handle all steps of the outreach process, including identifying who to meet with, identifying relevant meeting hooks, providing detailed briefing notes and bio’s, assisting at the meetings when requested and handling any necessary follow-up.