During a conference on 13 November, MEPs from
different parties stated that they want to ensure media freedom
and cultural pluralism in the EU.
The Greens/European Free Alliance organised this debate
'Media: Power& Democracy' to discuss the issue of media
concentration and the emergence of monopolies. This topic
was the subject of a Green Paper (Pluralism and Media
Concentration in the Internal Market - An assessment of the
need for Community action, COM(92)480) in December 1992 but
was never followed by any legislative proposal. The main
issues discussed in the debate were:
- how to reconcile the interests of European media
companies while safeguarding media pluralism;
- whether there should be an assessment of the impact
of mergers, alliances and partnerships;
- whether there should be a legislative follow up to
the 1992 Green Paper and the 1997 aborted draft proposal
on media concentration.
During the plenary debate on 18
November, the European Greens/European Free Alliance and
other political groups intend to ask the Commission
questions during a plenary debate on media concentration.
The general consensus of the participants was that media
freedom and cultural pluralism in the EU needs to be