EU sues five countries over failure to implement standards for audiovisual media

The commission said it had asked for financial sanctions against the countries as they had failed to transpose the new directive.

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The European Commission on Thursday said it had referred Czech Republic, Ireland, Romania, Slovakia, and Spain to the EU Court of Justice over their failure to implement the revised directive for audiovisual media services.

The commission said it had asked for financial sanctions against the countries as they had failed to transpose the new directive, which sets EU-wide media content standards for all audiovisual media, by September 2020.

Audio-Visual Media Services Directive

The Audio-Visual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) aims to ensure a fair single market for broadcast services that keeps up with technological developments. 

To this end, the directive was revised in 2018 to create a regulatory framework fit for the digital age, leading to a safer, fairer, and more diverse audio-visual landscape. 

It coordinates EU-wide legislation on all audio-visual media, including both traditional TV broadcasters and on-demand video services, and lays down essential protection measures with regard to content shared on video-sharing platforms.