Workshop on ‘Media policies: Country practices within the EU media regulatory framework’

The Institute for International Relations (IMO) in cooperation with the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) organised a workshop on ‘Media policies: Country practices within the EU media regulatory framework’. The workshop took place on 10 December 2010 at the ‘Academia’ Hall of the Palace Hotel in Zagreb and gathered over forty participants: experts involved in the MEDIADEM project, researchers, as well as members of the media regulatory bodies in Croatia. Speakers discussed national media regulatory practices and the influence the European Union has exerted on state media policies.

The workshop encompassed three sessions. The first session was entitled ‘Media landscapes: Dynamics of traditional and new media in contemporary media markets’. During this session speakers from Croatia, Spain and Germany addressed the challenges that the new media raise for traditional regulatory practices. The second session focused on ‘Actors of media regulation and media regulatory approaches’. Speakers from Croatia, Greece and the United Kingdom provided a thorough overview of the actors that participate in national media regulation and discussed the influence of EU law on domestic regulatory practices. The third session, ‘Media policies and democratic politics: The quest for free and independent media’, was devoted to a discussion of the contribution of media policies to democracy and democratisation. Speakers presented the experience of Turkey, Croatia and Bulgaria in this regard.

The lively discussions during the workshop showed that gathering academics and media policy stakeholders can help in bringing together different viewpoints on pertinent issues of media policy and regulation. Moreover, the variety of observations made on national media regulatory practices, the influence of the EU on media policy-making and the role of regulatory institutions triggered debate on the scope and objectives of future media policies.

The agenda of the workshop is available here. The book of abstracts is available here.

For more information on the workshop, you may contact Jaka Primorac.