Global Media Law & Policy




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Western Europe 

This section of the library contains documents related to media law within the European Union and related to European Union governing bodies, policies, or organizations.

General European Union documents

General Documents

European Media Policy, a newsletter from NORDICOM.

European Convention on the Legal Protection of Services based on, of consisting of, Conditional Access. Concerns prevention of unauthorized access to paid television services, and other paid information services.

European Agreement for the Prevention of Broadcasts transmitted from Stations outside National Territories

Administrative Law of the European Union. This upcoming study of how rules and other forms of secondary legislation are made in the EU is provided by the American Bar Association. Drafts of the Competition Law (Adjudication and Rulemaking), Telecom Regulation Rulemaking and Trademark Adjudication sections are available.

Broadcast Media

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive

European Convention on Transfrontier Television, entered into force on March 1, 2002.

European Agreement on the Protection of Television Broadcasts (Strasbourg, 22.VI.1960) Text amended according to the provisions of the Protocol (ETS No. 54), which entered into force on 24 March 1965, of the Additional Protocol to the Protocol (ETS No. 81), which entered into force on 31 December 1965 and of the Additional Protocol to the Protocol (ETS No. 113), which entered into force on 1 January 1985.

Community Broadcasting

Council of Europe, “Promoting social cohesion: The role of community media” (July 2008)

European Parliament report on community media in Europe (June 2008)

Intellectual Property

European Convention relating to questions on Copyright Law and Neighbouring Rights in the Framework of Transfrontier Broadcasting by Satellite (Strasbourg, 11.V.1994)

European Agreement concerning Programme Exchanges by means of Television Films (Paris, 15.XII.1958)

Minority language media

Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (Strasbourg, 1.II.1995)

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (Strasbourg, 5.XI.1992)

Public Service Broadcasting

Council of Europe, “The role of public service media for widening individual participation in European democracy” (November 2007)


Council of Europe declaration on the independence and functions of regulatory authorities for the broadcasting sector, 2008.

Recommendation of 2000 on the same subject.

Documents by country

United Kingdom Documents