European Union and the Culture Industries : Regulation and by David Ward

By David Ward

This edited assortment brings jointly top lecturers of their respective fields to envision the EU's effect on media and public coverage. It presents an research of the wider components of ecu coverage and hyperlinks those jointly to provide a better appreciation of the nuances and scope of ecu regulatory projects and their impression at the member states. less than a large public curiosity standpoint the authors offer an evaluation of the good fortune of ecu coverage in holding the general public curiosity within the tradition industries and respecting sure normative ideas and balancing those with marketplace dynamics.

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Htm. 21 COM(2007) 127. 22 The Bangemann Report (1994d) was a report of the (Bangemann chaired) Council of Ministers Higher Level Group, entitled Europe and the Global Information Society, as submitted to the European Council for its meeting in Corfu on 24–25 June 1994. 14 The European Union and the Culture Industries DG Info Soc is a large Directorate General spread out between Brussels and Luxembourg which consumes one-fifth of the EC’s annual budget. 23 A ‘Media Task Force’ was set up to gauge the impact of initiatives upon the public interest.

As companies operate in global markets, it is difficult to identify a company as ‘European’. Although a company may be employing and paying tax in Europe today, it does not necessarily mean that it will be doing so tomorrow. Ownership should count as less of a factor in regulation, as the idea of regulation is to hold companies accountable to the public interest through efficient regulatory requirements, rather than to favour one company over another based upon investment decision making. The ‘European champion’ policy of the EC is outdated.

A significant push came post-2003 from the new accession states, which have greatly been influenced by American thinking on transparency. Interestingly, some leading German academic lawyers, such as Neyer, Jörges, Sand, Voss and Teubner, have argued against this, stating that the introduction of an ‘American style Administrative Act’ is faulted as it would hinder quality and efficiency in committee decision making (Jörges and Neyer 1997, 247; Jörges, Sand and Teubner 2005; Jörges and Voss 1999). Academic debate aside, steps were finally taken to make the process at least more visible.

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