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“Healthy democracies depend on a healthy media sector,” Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel told a recent EURACTIV event. Yet, the media sector consistently faces multiple challenges, notably technological and financial, and requires a coordinated response and support from EU legislation to ensure its sustainability in the long term.
This dossier looks at what remains to be done for the media sector and explores some proposals for how to make it healthy and sustainable.
Here are some key questions that still need to be addressed:
- Is the EU pulling its full weight, beyond countering disinformation?
- What more needs to be done to ensure quality debates and to support democracy?
- What can the EU do for the media sector sustainability and independence?
- How should the media ecosystem evolve?
- How to anchor this as a top-10 priority for the next legislature and Commission?
By bringing together key recommendations, this LinksDossier offers an overview on the above issues in order to help the European Institutions shape a coherent and successful strategy for the media sector during the next EU mandate, 2019-2024.
These issues are inseparable from the digital transformation of the media sector. European institutions and their representatives should continue to work alongside the media sector through all these transformations, making “democracy in a digital world: sound platforms and independent media” a top priority for the next EU mandate.