Europe’s Media in the Digital Decade: An Action Plan to Support Recovery and Transformation

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Series Details COM (2020) 784
Publication Date 03/12/2020
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Communication published by the European Commission on 3 December 2020, setting out the Media and Audiovisual Action Plan (MAAP).

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The media and audio visual sectors are deemed essential for democracy, cultural diversity and digital autonomy in Europe. However, they were also particularly hit by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

This Action Plan focuses on three areas of activity and a series of concrete actions, to help the media sector recover from the crisis by facilitating and broadening access to finance, transform by stimulating investments to embrace the twin digital and green transitions while ensuring the sector's future resilience and empower European citizens and companies.

The Commission published the Communication on 3 December 2020, alongside the publication of the European Democracy Action Plan (EDAP). The Council of the European Union adopted a set of conclusions on 18 May 2021 in response to this Action Plan.

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Commentary and Analysis
Politico, 03/12/2020: 7 things to know about Europe’s plan to boost democracy
European Federation of Journalists: Blog, 08/12/2020: EFJ welcomes EU Media Action Plan and urges to include support for freelancers
Creative Europe UK Desk: News, 10/12/2020: European Commission publishes audiovisual action plan
Association of Commercial Television in Europe: Position Papers, April 2021: ACT views on the Media and Audiovisual Action Plan (MAAP)

EurActiv, 04/03/2021: European Commission pledges support for struggling media sector

European Commission: European Media and Audiovisual Action Plan
European Commission: Press Release, 03/12/2020: Digital Decade: Commission launches Action Plan to support recovery and transformation of the media and audiovisual sectors
General Secretariat of the Council: Council conclusions on ʻEurope’s Media in the Digital Decade: An Action Plan to Support Recovery and Transformation’
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 18/05/2021: Council conclusions: Recovery and transformation of Europe’s media

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