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#Media4Democracy: Sound Platforms & Independent Media


#Media4Democracy: Sound Platforms & Independent Media

Media ecosystem 2019-2024, led by 'Democracy Commissioner' and 'MEP media intergroup'

Following the EU Elections, it will be clear if online platforms were used to influence the outcome. Newly elected MEPs will have the opportunity to review the future strategy for the media sector, ensuring its sustainability and support to democracy.

The current EU priority of a ‘’Digital Single Market’’ has not prevented disinformation and populism, nor the demise of many media. More can be done. Now is a chance to propose a new “top 10 priority" that MEPs and the incoming Commission can support. This could be endorsed by the next President and then re-emphasised at the Commissioners’ hearings. A draft formulation of this priority could be: Democracy in a digital world: sound platforms and independent media.

The EU can help improve the ecosystem of platforms, the media sector and advertising. This would help level the playing field and safeguard press freedom.

Keynotes and two panels will handle the following questions:

- What are the lessons learned from the 2014-2019 mandate?
- Did the EU Elections campaign provide new insights?
- How can policymakers best regulate the platforms? Is a 'carrot' or 'stick' approach more desirable?
- Does a healthy EU media sector require subsidies or a balanced ecosystem?
- Which policy mix is required for 2019-2024? Could it help deliver a 'European Public Space'?


Nathalie Bargues
+32 (0)2 788 36 68

Teresa Dominguez
+32 (0)2 788 36 93

Associated partners:

EMMA, CIVICO, European Federation of Journalists

Supported by:

4 - Future Media Lab





Franck Riester, French Minister of Culture
Ann Mettler, Head of the European Political Strategy Centre

PANEL 1 (TBC) – Media ecosystem: balancing media /ads / platforms

Nadja Hirsch MEP
Kristin Skogen Lund, CEO, Schibsted Media Group
Ines Pohl, Editor in Chief , Deutsche Welle
Media strategic partner

PANEL 2 (TBC) – Media funding: innovation / skills / transparency

Siegfried Muresan MEP, European Parliament
Giuseppe Abbamonte, Media Policy Director, DG CNECT, European Commission
Ludovic Blecher, Head of Google DNI Innovation Fund - News & Publishers, EMEA Partnership Solutions
Media strategic partner


To be announced soon.


17:00 – 17:30 Registrations
17:30 – 17:35 Welcome Address
17:35 – 17:45 Keynote Speeches
17:45 – 18:15 Panel 1
18:15 – 18:45 Panel 2
18:45 – 19:00 Conclusion remarks by leading “media MEP” and Christophe Leclercq
19:00 – 20:00 Networking reception